Sunday Devotional: Luke 18:15-17

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”  (Luke 18:15-17)

Jesus loved to spend time with children.  Everywhere in his journeys He would take time to spend with children and enjoy their company and teach them.  One time He and His disciples were traveling and parents were bringing their children to Jesus.  The disciples, either really tired or were in a hurry, wanted to keep going but Jesus stopped to spend time with these children.

Jesus taught the disciples (and in turn us) the importance of children both for the children and for ourselves.  We are responsible to share with them Jesus.  We also are to have faith like children in Jesus, fully trusting in Him.  This week, let us live out our faith like that of a child.  And let us teach and love on kids with the love of Jesus.

Sunday Devotional: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

In these verses, Moses is sharing with the Israelites before they go into the Promised Land.  He is teaching them and reminding them about all they need to know before they enter into the land that God had promised.  One of the big things that Moses wanted the Israelites to remember was who God is and all that God had done for them.

Moses wanted the people to learn this truth and to pass it on to their children and their grandchildren.  He wanted them to remember and to share.  They were to love God with all their heart soul and strength.  And as they were going into the promised land, to remember that God was with them and that He was the reason they were going there.

This week, let us remember who God is.  Let us love God with all our hearts and souls and strength.  And let us share with others about God.  He loves us so much and has given us so much.  Let us share that with others this week.

Sunday Devotional: Luke 18:9-14

“He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:  “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:9-14)

Jesus loved to tell parables to help teach his disciples and the crowds that followed Him.  This was another of these parables.  The story featured two men who were praying to God.  One was a Pharisee, who was considered the holiest of Jews by fellow Jews.  The other man was a tax collector, who was considered the bottom of the holy ladder by fellow Jews.  They both had different prayers.  The Pharisee was talking about all the things that he did that made him “righteous”.  The tax collector was talking about all that made him unrighteous and begged for mercy.

Jesus told the crowds (and to us too) that the one that went away from that prayer time justified was the tax collector because the tax collector knew that righteousness does not come from works, it comes from trusting in God’s forgiveness and redemption.  We have that through Jesus’ work on the cross.  So this week, let us remember where our forgiveness and righteousness come from.  They come from Jesus.