PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 6:24-26
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“But woe to you who are rich…” (Luke 6:24)
If you focus on these words just by themselves, they are hard to hear.
I normally blur them into the background, and dwell on the nicer words.
But separating these words for today’s devotion makes them hard to ignore.
Rich, comfortable, well-fed, happy, well-spoken of… this is us, this is me.
Is Jesus pronouncing God’s final judgment, or warning about future hard times?
In 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed, these things came true.
It was a temporal experience, and Jesus warned them it was coming.
Should I be worried, are these warnings against me as well?
Maybe, maybe not – but what is the truth that lies behind them?
Worldly comfort, wealth, happiness and success are illusory and deceptive.
Those who experience them are blinded by them, and lose sight of God and good.
I hear Jesus challenging my perspective on life, on my comfortable christianity.
If we really took Jesus seriously, we would live more radically than we do.
Have we watered down and compromised Jesus’s message to suit our own comfort and ease?
Lord, as hard as it is to swallow, this seems like me. Does my heart need to be warned as well, and is my faith too comfortable?