“If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but let go, and you’ll get life on God’s terms” (THE MESSAGE Luke 17:33).
THE MESSAGE: Luke 17:20,21 and 33
In Your Bible: Luke 17:20,21 and 33
Chapter 17 of Luke provides many of Jesus’ difficult teachings:
- Relationships – the need to forgive one another
- Faith – believers have enough faith
- Servanthood – do what you are told to do
- Miraculous healings – the ten lepers
- Confrontation by confused Pharisees – about signs when the Messiah would return
But maybe most important, Jesus talked about “the Kingdom of God” – in Luke 33 times
Kingdom Is Among You
The Pharisees didn’t understand the signs of the Messiah’s return. Jesus told them the Kingdom was not an external one, but an internal and spiritual Kingdom for the believer!* Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here, or there it is! Why? Because God’s Kingdom is already among you'” (THE MESSAGE Luke 17:20,21).
This new teaching by Jesus changed man’s thinking from his own desires to living as the Messiah inspires! That’s an amazing concept. Jesus spent about three years speaking, preaching, teaching and doing Kingdom of God things.
Application: Jesus taught and emphasized the Kingdom of God as a critical theme throughout Luke. Jesus declared it as Life on God’s terms.
Prayer: Father, thank you for this teaching on the Kingdom of God. Help me let go of my life so I can live life your way.
Question: As you read through Luke, notice how many times Jesus explains the Kingdom of God. Is “living your life on God’s terms” new thinking to you? How can you implement it?