What Jesus Did! 'The Urgency and Importance of God's Kingdom' — Luke 10:8-11

Monday, June 29, 2015

"If you go into a town and the people welcome you, eat the food they give you. Heal the sick people that live there. Then tell them, 'The kingdom of God is soon coming to you!' But if you go into a town, and the people don't welcome you, then go out into the streets of that town and say, 'Even the dirt (dust) from your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. But remember that the kingdom of God is coming soon.'"
— Luke 10:8-11 NLT
Illustration of Luke 10:8-11 NLT —  But remember that the kingdom of God is coming soon.

Key Thought

God's Kingdom had drawn near with the coming of Jesus. He sent his disciples to prepare the people's hearts. The announcement of the Kingdom was not only urgent; it was also eternally important. Jesus' instructions were given to help them know that importance. In a time when so few accept any standards for truth or morality, it is easy for us to lose our sense of urgency and importance about the Kingdom of God. Let's be open to the strong language Jesus uses in Luke 10 to shake us from our lethargy and remember that accepting Jesus' truth about God's Kingdom is eternally important.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive my lethargy toward those whose lives are not yet yielded to the Lordship of Jesus. Renew my passion to share your grace and to declare your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 9:1-5
  • Acts 13:48-52
  • John 12:48

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.