Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!! Jodi and I woke up this morning and got our 5k in before church by running around Apple Creek, OH. We ran 3.3 miles in 32 minutes and 55 seconds, which was an average pace of 9:47 per mile. It felt more like we were moving at 32 minutes per mile, but we were not in any hurry.
I love Sunday mornings! There were approximately zero cars out on the roads, and it was just a beautiful setting for a nice morning run. We did see fellow #5kMay2018 participant Rhonda Shultzman out for her morning 5k, but she was way too fast for us to try to catch up with! We waved and just kept chugging along.
The thing that really stood out to me this morning while reading Luke 14-16 was in Luke 14.
Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them… – Luke 14:7
The part that really stood out to me this morning was the phrase “when he noticed how they chose the places of honor…”
The parable was told specifically to call them out!
This is important!
Jesus was not some passive aggressive pushover or recluse. He told this story to call them out in their wrongdoing, but He did it in such a way that they could (hopefully) see the error of their ways, repent, and choose to do better in the future. He cared enough about them to clearly call them out.
Here’s the deal, He is still doing this today! He cares enough about us to clearly call us out of our wrongdoing so that we can see the error of our ways, repent, and choose to do better in the future!
How does He do this today?
I think He primarily does this three different ways.
1. He speaks directly to us (through the work of the Holy Spirit), either to our hearts, to our minds, or even directly to our ears!
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27, ESV
2. He speaks through other men and women.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. – Deuteronomy 18:18, ESV
3. He speaks through our reading of the Bible.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12, ESV
Praise God that He still speaks to us today! I am so thankful that He loves us and cares for us and speaks kindly with words of affirmation towards us. I am also thankful that He loves us enough to rebuke us when we are heading in the wrong direction or thinking incorrectly about a subject.
What is He speaking to you today?
*5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018 is brought to you by Jeff Polen Music and Vertical Runner of Wooster. If you are joining the fun, don’t forget about the Facebook group, the Strava group, and the printable PDF.