Scriptures for October 24th: Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14; Theme: We have to stand before God with all of our actions someday.
2 Timothy: We reach the last words of Paul’s advice to Timothy and all of the other elders of the church. In some ways it seems like he is giving up, saying that there is no hope, people will never change. He says I have “fought the good fight”. He has done all that he can do. But what he is really doing is passing on his duties. He wants those behind him to carry on his work. He says that he has poured out his life as a libation- he has giving all that he is to the cause. He will never give up on God and God’s mission
Luke: When we do our best for God, we can easily get mislead that that means something. We are good people, and we want our reward from God. We can lose track that is not how we get rewarded from heaven, and that is really not what God is looking for. Being Good is not being faithful. It is when we realize that we are sinners, and we have all done something wrong that we can come to God in humble prayer. Two men come to the temple to pray, one is looking for praise, one is looking for forgiveness – which one are you?
Questions: What does it mean to pour yourself out as a libation? How do you give your whole self to God? Who is there for you to pass your work onto? How do you pass it on, and still keep serving God yourself? What type of prayer life do you have? Do you pray daily or when you need something? Does God owe you, or do you owe God? Do you remember to ask God for forgiveness? Once again how often?