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August 3, 2021 – Luke 8-10

Lots here: the parable of the soils, the calming of the storm, several healings, a young girl restored to life, feeding the five thousand, Peter’s confession, the transfiguration, the sending out of the seventy, the parable of the Good Samaritan, Martha and Mary, and more. There’s also a theme that weaves in and out, that of faithful ministry and service. And, then, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (9:62).


Returning to the parable of the soils in the earlier verses, explaining the good soil, Jesus says, “they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” (8:15). I once wrote that the Christian life is not analogous to a blazing supernova or humongous fireworks display as much as it is to a slowly burning flame, putting one foot in front of the other, living our lives quietly and obediently and persevering. The fruit, produced little by little over time, ends up being a huge amount.


How do we live faithful lives? By not putting our lamp under a jar, but shining all around. By joyfully ministering to others, as Jesus did. And, always, pointing toward Jesus.


There is joy, joy,

Joy in serving Jesus,

Joy that throbs within my heart;

Ev'ry moment, ev'ry hour,

As I draw upon His power,

There is joy, joy,

Joy that never shall depart. –Oswald J. Smith (1939)

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