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Walk with Jesus. Run in faith.

After reading today's passage, the term if this, then that comes to mind. Logic statements commonly used in computer or programming speak. In Luke 16 Jesus uses a few logic statements: if you do this, then that will be natural.

Let’s read Jesus' if/then statements. They aren't just logic. They are words to live by.

Ready. Steady. Jump
Luke chapters 14, 15, and 16

Now think about this.

But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ (Luke 14.18)

How many excuses can I give? How many reasons can I make up. There are a few there in chapter 14: I just bought a field (a bit like I got to do stuff at home); I just bought some oxen (equal to I’ve got issues with my mower); I just got married (like saying: I can’t, my wife you know…)

What are the things I say to avoid doing what God has called me to do today?

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15.2) – Thank you, Jesus, for sitting with us.

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. (Luke 16.10)

In my mind this is straight forward. Take the time to look around, you’ll find that it is seldom applied.  Everywhere there is a want for prestige. The status. The recognition. The big. But are people ever ready to be faithful with smaller matters? Do I constantly and consistently strive to be diligent with the unseen and unrecognised efforts?

“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16.31)

I want us to just consider this because it is very pointed. Jesus was not just talking of his present discussion. He was alluding to his future. His death and eventual resurrection. He was indicting everyone who would not believe. If one doesn’t listen to God’s word, what would make them believe in a risen Saviour?