Daily Easter Devotion Thursday, April 25th

Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Psalm 113; Jeremiah 31:1-14; Colossians 2:8-23 and Luke 6:39-49

Luke 6:39-49 – 39He also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? 40A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. 41Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 42Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. ….

47I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.

Today’s reading reminds me of a time when I was the one with the log in my own eye. It was back in my early college days and I decided that I could judge others better than they could judge themselves. The log was in my eye and I was striving to remove the speck from their eye, their heart. I give thanks that a good friend shared the passage with me. At the time it didn’t make much sense but later it made all the sense in the world.

The second part of the reading from today’s gospel builds on my daily devotion of yesterday. Yesterday it was being rooted and grounded in Christ. Today’s is building on a rock solid foundation. Here in the Ozarks you don’t have to go too deep to find “bed rock”. In fact the difficulty here is finding top soil in which to plant a garden. Friends the “bed rock” of our faith and life should be Jesus who is the rock of our salvation. When we build our life on anything else, we are building upon sandy soil and often quick sand at that.

So build your life upon Jesus would is the rock solid foundation of all life.

Our readings the last few days has come from the section in Luke labeled “the sermon upon the plain”. It’s very similar to Matthew’s sermon on the mountain. You might want to go back to its beginning and simply read the whole sermon on the plain, sensing Jesus sharing all these words to you. Calling for you to build your life upon the rock solid foundation he offers to you. Some of the words won’t be easy to hear but in each is a call to life. The Sermon on the Plain begins at Luke 6:20.

O Lord, Jesus Christ, thanks for all your teachings that you shared with your disciples and that are shared with us today. Help us listen to your words to us, be guided by them, for in them is the gift of true abundant life. Lord, may we trust in thee. Amen.

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