Life is Full of Choices (Luke 11:24-36)

When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.”

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.

33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”  (Luke 11:24-36)

Learn it:

            Luke is taking us through a series of teachings that tells the reader they have a choice to make.  In verses 24-26, Jesus teaches us about a person who has demons removed from him.  His “house”, body, is empty and it needs to be filled.  When Jesus temporarily frees someone, they must be filled with something house.  If they do not fill it with something good, the demon will come back with even more demons!  There is a choice they have to make. 

            A woman calls out to Jesus that his mother should be blessed because of the wonderful son she has given birth to.  This is a common thing back then to praise a mother for their wonderful children.  Jesus then responds that true blessing should go to a person that has heard the Word of God and obeyed it.  The person that made the right choice should be blessed. 

            Then Jesus casts a warning out to the people who keep asking for signs.  They are hesitant to believe that Jesus is God and they want more signs.  Jesus condemns them because what was more important than the signs was the teachings of Jonah and Solomon.  Some people listened to them and now someone greater than them is here.  People must choose to listen to him.  Jesus makes one last appeal by using the imagery of light.  When we go about our lives, we can either fill our bodies with light or darkness.  Whatever we take in, it will dictate how we live our lives.  It is up to us to decide what we want people to see. 

Live it:

            As Christians, we have the responsibility to live the choice out that we made to follow Christ.  It not only affects us personally but spiritually as well.  When we heard the gospel and accepted Jesus, he washed us clean we are filled with the Holy Spirit.  We must continually be filled with the Holy Spirit and not return to our previous sin.  We have been given freedom from our past.  We must choose to follow the Holy Spirit and be obedient to the teachings of Christ.  When we do that people will see a change in our lives.  Hopefully, that will cause them to ask questions and will open up doors to share the gospel with them.  Life is full of many choices and how we live our lives changed by the gospel hopefully it will open the door to evangelizing to the world around.  What choices are you making today to follow after God?   

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