Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.
– Luke 21:34-35 (NLT)
This week’s focus: Easter
Hope you had a great Palm Sunday. This week will focus on verses from the final week of Jesus’s life.
In Luke 21, after watching the widow offer her mite at the Temple, Jesus gives a final glimpse of the future to his disciples before the Last Supper. He foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish diaspora, and says some words about the end times.
He concludes by telling us the signs of the times are like the signs of the seasons. When the trees sprout leaves, summer is near. Finally he offers the warning in verses 34-35.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
– 2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV)
Our tithes and offerings are a service, too. Another way to serve the Lord.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
– 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLT)
Different gifts, different service, same God.
So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me, ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You say so correctly, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
– John 13:12-15 (WEB)
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
– 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV)
This week’s focus: Service
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 focuses on freedom in Christ. Paul notes that many things are not sins. The question of eating meat from animals that had been sacrificed to idols was an issue in those days. Paul said, essentially, it’s just meat. But, he noted that some people had a hard time with it. Therefore, he indicated that even those Christians who knew it was just meat should abstain from eating it for the sake of others.
He concludes the chapter by saying we should do everything for the glory of God, and do nothing to cause others to stumble.