2014-02-20 / Worship

Stop, listen, talk to those beside God’s chosen path of grace

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Luke 20: 41-47)

The most important thing that can happen to us is to hear God’s invitation, and to open our hearts and accept Jesus. It is God’s plan for us to walk his Chosen Path of Grace and work for Him in his kingdom. When we repent of our sins and accept Jesus to be our personal Savior we are born again and are ready to take that walk. All along the Path, God provides constant and infallible guidance in the form of his Holy Spirit, which dwells within the heart of every Christian.

In today’s passage Jesus responds to the questioning of the Pharisees and scribes with yet another question of his own, “How say they that Christ is David’s Son?” (verse 41). He continued, “And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies thy footstool” (verses 42, 43). Then Jesus reasoned, “David therefore calleth him Lord, how is He then his Son?” (verse 44).

Jesus didn’t answer the question outright, but rather gave the answer through God’s prophetic word in the book of Psalms. The answers to all our questions can be found in God’s Word, when we pray for God’s counsel and then pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus warned his disciples and all the people who surrounded then to beware of the scribes, because they craved esteem and deference for their supposed superior knowledge (verse 46a). But Jesus taught his disciples not to seek wisdom from men, but to be directed by the Holy Spirit.

Still today there are those who would have us believe that they have all the answers. They are recognizable by their constant clamoring for prestigious positions and glorification (verses 45, 46). Jesus described them perfectly, “[They] devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: (verse 47a). But he also had a warning for such egotists, “The same shall receive greater damnation” (verse 47b).

When we walk God’s Chosen Path of Grace we must carefully observe everyone that we meet, caring for the needy while still taking heed lest false teachers lure us away from the pure leading of the Holy Spirit. Their motives are godless and they will only confuse us.

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