Kitchen Table Devotions
The Game of Life Day 13
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. Luke 6:46-48
There’s a verse in Isaiah 59:18 that says, “According to their deeds, so will He repay.” Jeremiah also wrote, “your ways and your deeds have brought this upon you.” (Jer 4:18) Later Jeremiah writes, “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jer 17:10”
We are responsible for what we do with our lives. Those who believe in God build their houses or their lives on His word. We build according to what we believe. We can’t hide that. We can make excuses and we can blame others and if we allow the devil to give us a reprobate mind, we can boast in what we are building. Here’s the deal, we get to choose. That’s how God works. God gives us this freedom and so we must build wisely, and we must pay attention to where we build too. We can’t build a strong house on shifting sand, it won’t stand the times and troubles of life. There are laws in nature that cannot be denied. God no longer moves on man in wrath, Jesus took that for us. But we cannot deny the laws of nature. We reap what we sow, and we can’t hide what we have built. It is the fruit of our deeds. What we build becomes the fruit of what we believe. It’s our life and it’s our choice but it’s also our home. Chose wisely.
Kitchen Table Devotions
The Game of Life Day 12
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock Luke 6:46-48.
We are responsible for the house or life we build in this life. Remember that and don’t let someone else determine what is built. We will be the ones who are judged by and for what we each have built. Don’t get mad, that’s just the way it is in this life. Have you ever noticed that Jesus never really delved into a person’s history to determine the future of their lives? He just meets us where we are and gives us the choice to go forward with Him. There is no blaming others for what we’ve built, we are responsible, there’s only believing now for what we want to build.
We build the life we want to live even though many of us would deny that reality. Reality is that many people build to belong to that neighborhood with those neighbors rather than to be with God and be in His will. Everyone wants a beach home! The desire to belong interferes with the job to build. We must be honest about why we are building where we are building. We must be honest about why we’re building where we’re building what we’re building. Dishonesty decays and destroys the foundation of our lives, our homes. Dishonesty with God, ourselves, and others makes for bad decisions. Jesus wants to know why we call Him Lord and don’t look, listen, or live for Him. We must be astute, or we will find ourselves in a great place but with no place to live. Look at, listen to, and live for Jesus.
The Game of Life Day 11
Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
There’s another word that we need to understand before we head out the door, volition. Volition is a decision or choice made by the will. Here’s what we need to understand. No one else is responsible for our decisions other than us. We are and will be responsible for the decision we make in life. The life we are living right now is the one we have chosen.
Each on of us is responsible for the choices and decisions we make along the way. And the truth is that our trust is in what or who we trust and even that is our choice. We all get to chose who or what we trust and turn to in life. God gave us that privilege and He gave us His word to chose for our lives. That has always been the case with God in this life. He wants us to chose Him and He chose us and demonstrated His love for us so that we might believe in and chose Him as our source of truth to trust.
Jesus basically asks, “Why do lie?” Why do we call Him Lord and not do what He tells us? Well, it’s a faith and trust issue but it’s something we all do along the way. And until we get honest with ourselves, we are going to struggle with being responsible for the lives we choose of our own volition. Each of us is building a house or a life of our own volition and because we don’t know everything, we must choose who we are going to believe and trust. Remember, it’s our choice, be honest about it and choose wisely!
The Game of Life Day 10
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
How we look at this life will determine how we live this life. Jesus ends this conversation with two visions for this life. One is a vision of a man who builds his life on God’s word and builds a life that can stand the times and troubles of this life. The other vision is of a man who does not build his life according to God’s word. The times and troubles of this life leave that life destroyed. Once again, the difference is what we treasure in our hearts. God’s word lets us stand at God’s window on life. That is what we need in this life is a vision on this life. Some of us need a vision of what will be and others of us need a vision, maybe, of what is or what will be if we do not make a change. Those who treasure and trust God’s word do not have to use their time looking at disaster or defeat. Those who hear and honor God’s word can talk and think about what is good, God, and possible. Those who do not hear, and honor God’s word are left talking and thinking about what and why of life’s problems. Do not let anyone take God’s word from your heart! His word is His window on life and with it you have a vision for life and in life.
The Game of Life Day 9
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45
Vision for many people is about following someone else and living by someone else’s values. Vision for the believer is about following Jesus and choosing to live in His values for themselves. The Bible says that God has plans for us. (Jer 29:11; Eph 1:5) And when the Bible talks about “hope”, it’s talking about having plans, having a vision. In fact, love creates hope that inspires faith. A believer has hope and a vision, not only for their own life but for the lives around them and the lives that will follow them. To live without a vision for life is to live selfishly.
There are good trees and bad trees, and we won’t find good fruit on bad trees. To eat bad fruit is to believe a bad lie and to live with bad vision. We eat bad fruit and participate in destructive things because we do not have a vision or hope for anything better. Start eating good fruit and you will get a vision for what is good. The Bible says that those who live on God’s word (a good word) will be able to see the difference between what is good and what is bad. Jesus said that a good person lives from a good heart. What is in the heart? In our heart is where we find what we value and what we value is what we talk about and live for in tis life.
The Game of Life Day 8
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
We all must see in life to see life. One of the greatest privileges and pleasures of knowing Jesus is the ability to see, to have vision. The vision of God is to see, not just with the eyes in our head but with the eyes of our heart. God gave us eyes, not to just see with, but to see through. We see through our eyes when we look at the world from the convictions of our heart which is God’s word for the believer.
Jesus says, “Judge not, and you will not be judged.” But then He asks, “Can a blind man lead a blind man?” This is not about judging but rather “seeing” to judge. We must make judgments in this life, but we must see first to make the right judgment. The best place to begin seeing is to begin looking at ourselves.
Vision begins with valuing God’s word, believing it for this walk, and using it to see Gods will. God gives us the ability to see. It is powerful to save us from the pain of sin and the power of Satan. Praise God! Let God begin by showing us who we are so that we can have a vision for where we are going. Then let God give us the values we need to have a vision for the life He has for us.
The Game of Life Day 7
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. Luke 6:24-26
There is a phrase out there that I have seen people purchase for their wall, write on their cards, share with their friends, and possess for their lives. The phrase is Live, Love, and Laugh. And while the phrase itself is not too upsetting it challenges what we believe in. We want to rich, full, and happy and Jesus says, be careful where that thinking takes you. Can we see the problem here?
Jesus opens our eyes to see life and how to live it when He begins to talk to us about blessings and burdens (woes). Life and living begins when we begin to “see” the blessing of seeing God, seeing God as good and seeing that God loves us. We need to see the source of life, not just the sauce for life. We do not pursue the fruit of God but rather the God of the fruit. But to do that our eyes, our vision, need to be clear. The word of God becomes our window on the world and this life. Looking for wealth, privilege, and pleasure can leave us pursuing a mirage. It is not what we value but who we value that forms our vision in life and for life. Value God and His word and you will see God and His perfect and goodwill.
The Game of Life Day 6
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. Luke 6:20-23
The ability to see must be one of the greatest privileges of life. Values birth vision. Our vision for life is determined by our values in life.
In today’s Scripture Jesus is surrounded by a multitude of people who have come to hear Him and be healed by Him. Jesus heals them all but then Jesus then gives them what they need to live healed. A lot of people do not live healed. They do not have a vision for living healed. Jesus gives these people, on that day, the values they need for life to have the vision they need in life. Jesus shares the blessing and burdens of life and in doing so He gives us the vision or the sight that we all need in life. Jesus will ask later, “Can a blind man lead a blind man?” Of course not! To possess a vision for life we need the values of life. A vision for life will make life valuable.
The Game of Life Day 5
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Luke 12:29-31
Value is not something we find in with our skin but with our spirit. Jesus said, “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Values are what we treasure on the inside. It is a spiritual thing.
Jesus told the story of the rich fool who valued his valuables more than the One who valued him. He died in his sleep without those valuables. Jesus goes on to say, “don’t be anxious (troubled about our treasures) about your life…” and then He reminds us how God feeds the ravens and clothes the lilies. These things come and go without our awareness. But Jesus challenges us with the thought that if God cares for things that are here today and gone tomorrow, then how much more must He value us.
The secret to a successful life in found in “who” we value, not “what” we value. It is a relationship; that leads to riches in Jesus. Anger and angst thrive in shallow values. Learn this lesson because if we do not value the valuable, the invaluable will devalue us.
The Game of Life Day 4
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
Do you know what makes a dad a good dad? It is the values for life that he shares and sows into the lives of his family. We need values, not valuables, to live this life successfully.
One day Jesus had just shared about the value of acknowledging Jesus before men and what that does in the seen and unseen world. No more does He say this, and a man shouts out for Jesus to make his brother share their inheritance. Jesus’ response is epic. Who made me your judge? But then He goes on to share the value of valuing your heart. Do not let your heart be motivated by fear, jealousy, or greed. Valuables do not make life work, values do.
One of the greatest ways to fall into the deception of the devil, (and remember, deception is his only superpower) is to let him convince you that you are dissatisfied. Dissatisfaction leads to disbelief and disobedience. We become dissatisfied when we lose our value for the people and things that are valuable. It is values, not valuables, that make life successful, livable, enjoyable. Value your relationship with God; He values his relationship with you and God will give you the valuables of life and the values to enjoy them.