Our theme this year in our Student Ministry is “I am Third.” On the “Garden to City” blog (a blog from National Community Church where Mark Batterson is lead pastor), the title for today is just that – “I Am Third!”
I just wanted to share it with you.
Written by Amanda Giobbi | December 22, 2010 | Luke 13 – 15
Things we already know about the book of Luke:
• He’s writing one of the books called the “gospels”
• He relied heavily on eyewitnesses to tell of the accounts he writes of
• He focuses on detail within the story
• He also focuses on joy
• He hung out with Paul on his missionary journeys
Fun facts about Luke 13-15
• Luke 14-15 are stories ONLY recorded in Luke and aren’t found in any other gospel!
Luke 13-15 is full of great stories of Jesus and parables told by Jesus. Luke takes us through descriptions of the Kingdom of God, Jesus healing on the Sabbath, and some of the more famous parables of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son.
Although the topics throughout these chapters range, I find a common thread of a command to be humble placed throughout.
In Luke 13, while speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven, he relays a story Jesus is telling about the narrow door. At the very end of his dialogue Jesus states, “Some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.”
In Luke 14, while Jesus is dining with Pharisees on the Sabbath, he tells them, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus goes on to give us further instructions of humility. He tells us to invite the poor, crippled and lame when we throw a banquet, and to bless those who are unable to repay our blessings.
In Luke 15 we are told of the famous parable of the lost son. Jesus describes the reaction of the “righteous” son as “angry” when he realizes that the Father has thrown a banquet in honor of the lost son while he stayed faithful and holy while the other son was gallivanting about. Jesus, telling the story, relays the response of the Father to the righteous’ son’s reaction. “’My son,’ said the Father, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.’”
The Christmas story is a great story of humility. The Savior of the world comes to us through a poor teenage girl. He is born in a cave. He is later killed by his own people. Jesus is humility. “Though He was God, he did not think of equality with God something to cling to.” Philippians 2:6
We are told in Philippians 2 to have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus. As we are only days away from Christmas we may be embarking upon time with our families, friends or even a time alone. No matter your circumstances, how can you put others before you? What is one practical thing you can do to put yourself last?
I have a saying with the girls I work with. God first; Others second; And I’m third. Be third today!