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Tables Turned


    "You will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in
    God's kingdom. But you will be left outside. Then you will
    cry with fear and anger. People will come from the east,
    west, north, and south. They will sit down at the table in
    the kingdom of God. People that have the lowest place in life
    now will have the highest place in God's kingdom. And people
    that have the highest place now will have the lowest place in
    God's kingdom."

                            -- Luke 13:28-30 (ERV)

 
KEY THOUGHT:
Luke repeatedly emphasizes a very convicting theme in Jesus' ministry:
the religious tables being turned at judgment! Jesus repeatedly warns pretentiously religious people of their eternal destruction. These people make a big show of their religious dedication. They act like they are pious when they are not. Many of these folks look down on others out of their own self-righteousness while refusing to live with the love and the character of God. Great joy awaits God's children when his Kingdom is fully realized. Those who only appear religious will face a fearsome condemnation. Many who don't seem to be of the "right religious stripe" today actually have lived with Jesus as their Lord and have reflected the love and character of God in their daily lives.
They will enjoy the bliss of the Father's eternal blessings. Great will be their joy!


TODAY'S PRAYER:
Father, I want to live as a person of spiritual integrity. I want my life to reflect your love and righteousness. Reveal to me and take from me any hint of hypocrisy, arrogance, and self-righteousness. Make me genuinely holy, not just by grace, but also in my daily interface with others. May my life bring others to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.