Rejection and Rejoicing

17. Luke 10v1-24

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The fear of rejection can stop the fun of rejoicing. When I was in my late teens and early twenties I was terrified of romantic rejection. I was so scared of hearing young women say, “No” that I didn’t ask them for a date. That avoided the rejection, but it also voided the potential joy of a “Yes.”

For many of us, the fear of Gospel rejection stops the fun of Gospel rejoicing. We’re so afraid of people saying “No” to the Gospel, that we don’t even give them the chance to say “Yes.” In doing so, we not only damn them but we dam up the huge reservoir of potential joy in seeing people come to faith.

So, how can we overcome the fear of Gospel rejection? Let’s see how Jesus helped his disciples do this in Luke 10:1-24.


“Me first!”

16. Luke 7v57-62

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Many want to follow Christ…second. Me first, Christ second. Of course, we never put it that way. We still call him ‘Lord,’ we still say he’s first, but our lives and choices say he’s second. And if he’s second, he’s not Lord. As someone said, “Christ is Lord of all, or he is not Lord at all.”

How do we put Christ second and how can we put him first? Luke 9:57-62 records three interactions between Jesus and three potential disciples that spotlight three rival lords to Jesus.


A Love Fertilizer

15. Luke 7v36-50

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How do I love Christ more? Which Christian hasn’t asked that question many times? Christ is so loveable, so worthy of so much love, and yet I do not love him as he deserves. I do not love him as I want to love him. I love him more than I did when I was an unbeliever. But it’s still sapling love. I want cedar love. I want sequoia redwood love. How do I grow my sapling love into redwood love? Jesus gives us bags of love fertilizer in Luke 7:36-50.


A Better Guide than Oprah

14. Luke 7v1-17 (1)

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Who is your favorite boss? Your favorite coach? Your favorite teacher? Your favorite mentor? What do they all have in common? They all have a combination of authority and empathy, don’t they? Researchers have found that we will not let anyone be our guide in any part of our life unless they have both authority and empathy. We want guides we can respect for their competence and trust for their compassion.

Who has so much authority and empathy that we can trust them to be the guide of our souls? Luke 7:1-17 points us to a spiritual guide with full authority and perfect empathy


Feasting or Fasting?

13. Luke 5v27-39

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What’s more Christian: feasting or fasting? Both are biblical, but which is more Christian? Which is more characteristic of the Christian era: festive celebration or funeral lamentation? Luke 5:27-39 helps us to discover whether we are to be feasters or fasters.


My Best Fishing Tip

12. Luke 5_1-11

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I’ve not had a lot of success with bass fishing. So, a couple of weeks ago, I subscribed to the online Outdoor Channel to get some lessons and encouragement from the experts. I’m hoping I’ll have as much success as the discouraged disciples in Luke 5:1-11. That passage also gives an encouraging answer to the question: “What should I do when I’m discouraged about my soul-fishing?”