What Jesus Did! 'Get Things Settled' — Luke 12:54-59

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Then Jesus said to the people, "When you see clouds growing bigger in the west, you say, 'A rainstorm is coming.' And soon it begins to rain. When you feel the wind begin to blow from the south, you say, 'It will be a hot day.' And you are right. You hypocrites! You can understand the weather. Why don't you understand what is happening now? Why can't you decide for yourselves what is right? Suppose a person is suing you, and you are going with him to court. You should try hard to settle it on the way. If you don't settle it, he may take you to the judge. And the judge will throw you into jail. You will not get out of there until you have paid every cent of what you owe."
— Luke 12:54-59 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:54-59 NLT — "When you see clouds growing bigger in the west, you say, 'A rainstorm is coming."

Key Thought

Jesus has been teaching his disciples about living with a sense of urgency and expectation (see the last half of Luke 12). The values of the Kingdom of God are values built around a commitment to be ready for his return. That means living with passion. That means living with many folks that do not appreciate you. That means living with a sense of expectation. That means living with a sense that our decision to follow Jesus matters profoundly. With that in mind, Jesus closes this section by urging us to get our matters settled with others. Since his coming is imminent, then we need to make sure our relationships are reconciled. Closing time can come at any time and we want to make sure our matters are in good shape. So let's get things right, today!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me a deeper sense of urgency to get my relationships and matters in order. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 4:20-32
  • Matthew 6:14-15
  • James 5:9


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.