PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 11:37-44
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“A Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.” (Luke 11:37)
When we invite Jesus into our lives, we are inviting him to see what is inside of us.
And because Jesus cares, he speaks the truth in love, even if it hurts.
This Pharisee critiqued Jesus for his ‘unholy’ behaviour (skipping ritual cleansing).
Jesus returns the favour, and exposes the hypocrisy and hollowness of his holiness.
If I’m in a relationship with Jesus, I should sometimes feel his loving rebuke.
Jesus accepts me just as I am, but he loves me too much to leave me that way.
He wants to set me free, to give me life to the full, to be all that God made me to be.
Today Jesus speaks by his Spirit in us, gently comforting, convicting or challenging us.
We can hear him through scripture as we meditate on what we read.
Through this passage, Jesus challenges me to look at my ‘religion’.
Am I pretending to be someone on the outside, but neglecting who I am inside?
Do I focus on religious activities, while neglecting justice and the love of God?
As Jesus speaks to this Pharisee, I hear him whisper to me, ‘what about you?’
We invite Jesus into our lives SO THAT he can expose our follies and set us free.
Lord, show me where I am focusing on the outside, or on minor issues, or on what people think — while ignoring the things that really matter!