Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thinking of Grace

This is my second time around the block participating the Good Morning Girls online Bible Studies.  In the "Loving Like Jesus" study we are reading Luke 17-24. There are five passages a week to delve into. We use the SOAP method and post on a private Facebook group our observations and applications.

S- Scripture- write out the passage
O- What observations do you find in this passage?
A- How can you apply this passage?
P- Prayer

Last week we read Luke 19:1-10:


Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”  So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.  All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
 
 

S- (versus 8-10): But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

O- 1. Jesus specifically chose Zacchaeus to dine with that evening. His purpose was to save the lost...exactly what he did that night. Despite the mutterings of those shocked that he would dine with such a sinner, he did what was in his heart. Those people looked themselves with such high regard and no awful tax collector was good enough to dine with Jesus. 2. Zacchaeus was convicted that his sin and stealing from people was wrong, and wanted to make up for it.

A- I need to reach out to the outcasts and undesirable people of society because that is what Jesus did. He didn't just have a holy huddle with his disciples, he humbly cared for and loved the lost- no matter who they were. For me, this might mean being more generous to the homeless people I may come across.

P- Lord, put me in the path of those who need me. Show me how to reach the lost, right in my own backyard. There are so many people hurting or lonely who are in immense need. Thank you for loving me so much even in spite of my sin! I am so happy to be a child of the King!

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