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February 26, 2014, 9:33 AM

Forsaking the Facade for Reality

I am blessed by the word of God. Look at Luke 12. It begins with a warning against hypocrisy. It is clear that hypocrites have hidden agendas. Truth is concealed. However, Christ warns that whatever is hidden will be made manifest. Hypocrites will be unveiled.

Here is my perspective before I move to the rest of the chapter. The Pharisees whom Jesus called hypocrites were enemies to God and His people, Israelite though they may be. Their selfish desire corrupted their loyalty to God. Consequently, they missed the glory of their Savior and made Him their enemy. They would threaten the very lives of the disciples of Christ. Their philosophy would also be a temptation to those who would forsake all to follow Christ. Those who would trust in Christ would face physical danger, humiliation, loss of livelihood, and even the temptation to become complacent.

First our Savior tackled the issue of loss of life. He taught them that life is more than the time we spend on earth. Enemies of the cross have the power to end our life here on earth. However, their power ends there. God alone has jurisdiction in every realm of eternity. It is only rational to fear Him. Jesus further encourages those who trust Him by pointing out what to them was unimportant, a sparrow and single hair on their heads. However unimportant a sparrow may be, God does not allow a single one to fall apart from His sovereign will. Even the hairs on our head are numbered. Sparrows, a single strand of hair; most of us give very little thought to either. Yet God is intimate with these details.

I am sure many applications could be drawn from this portion of Luke 12. I will share what stands out to me. One, it is senseless to fear man for any reason. Man is a creation of God. He is absolutely limited in His power and reach. Man works in the temporary realm and God in the eternal. It is clear from these passages that God intimately cares for the smallest detail of our life. Each detail is important, even the details we routinely miss. Two, If God is able to have such a complete picture He must be adequate enough to direct my steps. Three, If I am important to God then he will make sure I receive what is best for me at the time (Romans 8:28-30, Hebrews 12:7-12). Four, we are in good hands. We must put our trust completely in God our Savior. We must take the stands that He calls for us to take. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)


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