Re:Verse reading–Luke 6:17-45 (day one)
“I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it abundantly.”–Jesus (John 10:10)
Twelve apostles (something new) had been prayerfully selected (v 12-16). Large numbers of disciples were gathered around Jesus (v 17). Instruction was needed. Jesus began to teach them A NEW WAY TO LIVE.
His words/rules/priorities (often called “The Sermon on the Mount”) are not the way to receive LIFE. A vibrant, real relationship with Jesus is the source/secret of LIFE. The disciples were already joined to Him by faith.
His words/rules/priorities are the way to live the LIFE of God. To experience it. To see it deepen into blessing and fruit. These are the words Jesus referred to in John 8. “If you CONTINUE in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine.”
An attitude of hope. . . non-judgemental love. . .a generous heart. . .active obedience. Not how to be saved, these are lessons from Christ for abundant and productive LIFE!