I am in the final stages of edits before publishing my commentary on Luke's gospel. This will be the seventh volume in my Live the Word series and it has been tedious work. The volume has 145,000 words, many of which I wrote in 2004. I have become a more efficient (and I hope a better) writer since then, so this has gone more slowly than the other volumes.
As I have edited, I am going through some lean times, which has caused me to seek the Lord for His will. Years ago, I heard a woman of God say, "When God wants to speak to us and direct our steps, He uses finances." That is so true, and I am all ears!
I thought I would share an excerpt of what i wrote from Luke 23:42-43 because it spoke to me concerning where I am at, and I wrote it!
Then he [the thief on the cross next to Jesus} said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:42-43).
Here is what I wrote about those verses.
Jesus was hanging naked on a cross, beaten beyond recognition, dying an agonizing death as He drowned in His own bodily fluids, and mocked and observed by family, friends, followers, and enemies. Yet He had the focus, courage, and grace to fulfill His purpose to seek and save the lost (see Luke 19:10) even from the cross. If Jesus fulfilled His purpose under those conditions, we have no excuses. Jesus was true to His mission to the very end and managed to bring one more lost sheep with Him before He died:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross! erefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:5-11).
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