Re:Verse reading—Luke 6:17-45 (day four)
The crowds were growing…people were coming from, all over the region. Jesus’ followers recognized His power and authority. His disciples likely were pretty impressed with themselves. Here was this popular, charismatic teacher with great popularity and they were His chosen followers. Their importance should bring some reward, shouldn’t it? Jesus addressed His disciples…things were not going to be as they expected. The blessings they would receive were much different than material reward. To be like their teacher, they would give up the things of the world and would respond completely opposite to what the world taught.
These responses that Jesus taught were not our ‘natural’ responses. We want to gain, to preserve, and to protect. What was the difference in what Jesus taught? It was the heart…’out of the good treasure of his heart.’ What we fill our heart with overflows into our lives! Jesus said that we must fill our heart with heavenly responses. What is your heart filled with?