Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 17:20-37 Dream Boards

on April 26, 2012

In this set of verses Jesus talked about His upcoming suffering and rejection and His future return.  We will not be able to mistake His return.  The sky will declare it (25)!  Think about His first coming to earth–the special star led the wise men to Him and the angels lit up the sky for the shepherds to find Him.

Jesus gives two examples of what it will be like when He returns–Noah’s day and Lot’s day.  People were generally living life day-to-day with no thought of God and His plans.  Then–whammo–judgment came first through flood and then through fire.

What we fix our eyes on is what we treasure.  Have you heard of dream boards?  I remember a lady who sold Mary Kay when I was younger.  She had a dream board in a prominent place where she could see it every day.  It had a picture of Hawaii, a pink cadillac, a swimming pool, etc…on it that were meant to motivate her to reach her goals.  That is what the realization of Christ’s return should do for us–only much more so!  We need to fix our eyes on Him and not look back.

Verse 32 is made up of three little words, “Remember Lot’s wife.”  In Genesis 19 you can read what Jesus referenced here, but here’s the paraphrased version. In the Lord’s kindness, mercy and commitment to His plan, Lot and his family had an angelic escort out of Sodom with one command, “Do not look back.”  With longing for the things of this world, and a heart set on earthly things; Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.

  • Is Christ more precious to me than anything this world offers?
  • Does the reality of His return motivate me to live for Him?
  • Do I live like He could return at any moment?
  • Is the sky my “dream board?”
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. Luke 17:33

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