BCL Grow: God’s Word a Light— Luke 18:13

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Luke 18:13 (God’s Word a Light)

Bible Passage

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ — Luke 18:13


“Such illumination is glorious, but it can be frightening. It exposes the needs in our hearts and the sin in our lives that we never knew existed. But it is also glorious, because the light which falls can bring comfort and healing to us. God , in his infinite knowledge and perfect wisdom, not only touches our inmost being, but he also unravels his grave, pours in the medicinal balm of his love, and points us in the way we should go.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, Man Overboard! The Story of Jonah, p. 71.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: The Word of God is a light into our hearts. It shows us what God requires of us. When we see God’s standard and how far we fall short, we can either make excuses for ourselves, ignore the facts, try to do better in our own strength, or we can run to Christ for forgiveness, restoration, and strength to love and please him more.

2. Questions: How often do you remind yourself that your self-worth, righteousness, identity, and good works are found and grounded in Jesus Christ? Do you tend to try and just do better, or do you look to Jesus for the strength you need in your life?

3. Comfort: God’s word shows us how we fall short and sin, but our heavenly Father also has grace and mercy in Christ Jesus for sinners. Don’t try and just pick yourself up when you fall; instead, cry out to Jesus for his help and be comforted by his love and patience, for you are a beloved child of God.

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