What Jesus Did! 'Not Business as Usual' — Luke 17:28-30

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"It will be the same as during the time of Lot when God destroyed Sodom. Those people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building houses for themselves. The people were doing these things even on the day when Lot left town. Then fire and sulphur rained down from the sky and killed them all. This is exactly how it will be when the Son of Man comes again."
— Luke 17:28-30 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:28-30 NLT — "It will be the same as during the time of Lot when God destroyed Sodom."

Key Thought

Just as in the previous verses, Jesus warns again that people will not be paying attention when he comes. They will have settled into their ungodly lifestyles and will be totally surprised. For those not ready, it will be a time of destruction. However, it will be a time of celebration for those of us who are joyously anticipating his return. Yet even for us, the potential of Jesus' coming today should help us sharpen our focus and live with a special spiritual intensity. How would your life be lived today, tomorrow, and all the tomorrows which follow if each day you lived as if Jesus were returning that day? That's how Jesus wants us to live each day.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, God Almighty who controls the day of the Lord's return, help me live with renewed intensity knowing that Jesus' return could happen at any time, even today. In his name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 5:7-9
  • Philippians 4:4-5
  • 1 Peter 1:13-16

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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.