Posted by: Larry Hoekman | June 29, 2018

Luke — Objective Are You?

Day 3095: Last weekend in June – enjoy!

Scripture:  Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to His disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Luke 5:29,30

Thoughts/questions:  For some reason, I always thought this question was directed towards Jesus not His disciples. Maybe it was because Jesus answered the question for them saying that He came for the sick, not the healthy. Two thoughts.

1) Jesus didn’t respond to the questioners, but responded to their question. Can we follow His example? Or do we get caught up into the ‘right’ of the questioner to even ask? If we can’t objectively respond to the question/issue at hand, chaos can ensue. Jesus could have easily attacked the Pharisees with His answer, but He chose the proper path. May we also do the same!

2) When challenged as a Christ follower regarding ‘why’ we do something, can we also maintain our objectivity or do we take an emotional, defensive position? Jesus’ disciples remained silent. Jesus remained objective. Two excellent paths when a possible confrontation presents itself. Neither party took the Pharisees’ question personally. Can we do the same?

Suggested Prayer: Father God, help me to always respond in love and to be objective in my answers . . . 

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