“Looking at his disciples, Jesus said:
- “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God”. Luke 6:20
- “But woe to you who are rich,for you have already received your comfort.” Luke 6:24
- “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” Luke 6:21
- “Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.” Luke 6:25
- “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” Luke 6:21
- “Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.” Luke 6:25
- “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.” Luke 6:22
- “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” Luke 6:26
If only I had a better home. If only I could have wonderful meals on my table every day. If only my clothes were more in style. If only I had more popularity. If only I was more excited in this life. If only I could share Jesus with others and they would just love me. If only. If only.
Jesus drew in large crowds wherever He went. People were lured in some by what He was saying as He spoke with words they had never heard, but more so, they were drawn in for what they obtained from being around Him… healing of their ailments.
- “[people from everywhere] who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.” Luke 6:18-18
While the crowd was pressing in to try to touch even the hem of his garment as some awestruck teenagers would do to a famous pop star, He turns to His disciples, to those who had chosen to follow Him, learn from Him, serve Him, and love Him, and He makes shocking, contradicting statements…
We naturally seek and desire the comforts in this life to ease our burdens and satisfy fleshly desires, but Jesus sternly warns His most loved disciples of the obtaining of these luxuries. It would appear that obtaining earthly desires would later transform into a detriment in His eternal Kingdom…
Become rich here and you will actually become poor later. Be fed well here and you will starve later. Love this life with joy and hate your life later. Become popular and loved by all here and you will be rejected later.
But in contrast, live below your earthly physical desires here and live in full luxury later. Never have enough food to satisfy here, but live in full satisfaction later. Be saddened by your earthly life and love your life later. Be hated and rejected by those around you, but receive full acceptance later.
I believe Jesus was warning all future disciples that we are to be different then the crowd. We need to rid our selfish desires of healing, riches, and popularity, and instead focus our time and attention on the things that He cares most about. We can lose ourselves in the distractions of the pursuits of this life and in return, lose our very reward in the Kingdom of God. But instead, if we focus on the mission of Jesus, then our reward, though we suffer for a little while, will be beyond our wildest imaginations.
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven….” Luke 6:23
Father God, forgive us for the times when we put so much emphasis on our own desires and forget your desires. Lord, refocus our attention on Your desires and help us to let go of the things our flesh desires here. We once again turn over our lives to you for your purposes and your plans. We thank you, Lord, that you promise a reward to your faithful servants. In Jesus Name. Amen.