What Jesus Did! 'No Clinging onto This Life' — Luke 17:31-33

Sunday, October 15, 2023

[Talking about the day of his return, Jesus said,] "On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. Remember what happened to Lot's wife! If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it."
— Luke 17:31-33 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' coming will be sudden and surprising. We must be ready for that coming at all times. There won't be time to prepare to go with him or to get ready for him. The things of this world will dim in comparison to the glory of his coming and the glory of our going home to God. Nothing should be allowed to interfere with this one great opportunity. Nothing!

Today's Prayer

Father, God Almighty, give me an undivided heart and undiluted passion to live so I am ready for Jesus' return. I know it will occur unexpectedly and will happen quickly. I want to be ready. I want to be excited. I want to have no reservations. Please, dear Father, I don't want to cling to life here, but to expect your greater glory when Jesus returns. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8
  • Titus 2:11-13


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Illustration of Luke 17:31-33 NLT —  If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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