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Apr 24

Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

April 24, 2012 Bible Reading

Judges 2:10-3:31
Luke 22:14-34
Psalms 92:1-93:5
Proverbs 14:1-2

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The Last Supper is a bitter-sweet moment in Jesus’ work for me. I have the benefit of knowing the end of the story having read it, but the disciples did not. They must have felt very confused by what Jesus was saying. Unfortunately, I as a believer have often felt confused by what Jesus has said. I think its because of my spiritual orientation at the time.

My confusion level is highest when I find myself away from God. When I reorient myself to God through the Spirit, I am able to find peace. Hey… wait a minute… that’s what the Israelites did in Judges today.

Back to Luke… It amazes me that at the very moment Jesus tells them that one of them will betray Him, that the disciples begin to bicker about which of them will be the greatest. It doesn’t detail the conversation, but we need not look far to find the same behavior almost 2000 years later. It’s posturing.

Posturing of our heart. After a little thought, it’s not hard to imagine why the conversation turned from Jesus’ point to whom would be the greatest. The disciples wanted to prove with words whom would be greatest. I love what Jesus says next,

Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. (Luke 22:25, 26 NIV)

He’s telling the disciples how to defend against the pride that crept into the room! Don’t focus on how great you are. Rather, focus on where your faith is weakest that you may be on your guard against becoming the betrayer. It’s not with words that we make ourselves great… it’s with our deeds. Make no mistake, I don’t mean that deeds can save us. Nothing can but the blood of Christ Jesus. Deeds speak of character. And character is the what you do or the way you act when no one is looking.

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:20 NIV)

Taking This With Me Today

Where in my life have I tried to put the focus on my own “greatness” to take the focus off of my weakness? That’s a tough one to deal with because we are human. Being human is a great explanation why this issue is a tough one to deal with, but it’s not an excuse to not deal with it.

Revolution 365

The Bible Study group is picking up steam. If you are in the Evans/Augusta GA area and want to talk about what you read this week, what’s going on in your life, or just want a cup of coffee and don’t want to drink it alone, then come join us at the Panera Bread Company in Evans at 7PM Tuesday 4/24/2012.

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