December 31, 2016

Today you should read: Matthew 13:44-58

Today’s reading contains two great parables from the lips of Jesus – one about fishing and another about treasure.  Remember, parables are earthly stories with a heavenly meaning.  Jesus told parables to make things clear to those who were unlearned but eager to learn, and to hide things from the religious leaders who were doomed for destruction.

Verses 44-46 teach us about treasure, and even more about our heart.  Reading this passage begs a couple of questions:

How much do you treasure the Gospel?  

What would you give up for it? (maybe better asked – what DO YOU give up for it?)

The value we place on it affects how much we think about it, talk about, and share it with others.  The value of the Gospel to us matters a great deal!

We live in a time and in a society of entitlement.  Do you feel entitled to the Gospel or indebted to the Gospel?

Verses 53-57 tell us of how Jesus went back to his hometown of Nazareth and taught there.  Although everyone was amazed at his miracles and teaching – many doubted and scoffed.  “He’s just the carpenter’s son…”

Verse 58 is very revealing:

And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

Hmm… I wonder how many miracles WE miss because of our unbelief?  How many unanswered prayers (James 1:6-7)?  – all because we don’t really believe.

SO… today let’s work on two important things:

  • Treasuring the Gospel – really seeing the Gospel for what it is and allowing it permeate every aspect of our lives.  Remembering where we would be without it – and truly making it the treasure that it is – rather than taking it for granted.
  • Believing God can – do more than we can ask or think – CAN change the lives of those we’re praying for – CAN move mountains in our lives.

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

One thought on “December 31, 2016”

  1. Very good (and convicting) word Tim. I pray that 2017 will be a year when we don’t miss out on miracles and answered prayer because of our unbelief.

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