Daily Radio Bible Podcast
TRAIN YOUR SOUL
Today’s readings are Ezra 9 – 10, Psalm 131, and Luke 21. We are reading from the New Living Translation.
This is a training drill. It’s not only a drill, but it is a drill. The average bystander wouldn’t have noticed a thing, but Jesus did. An older woman, a widow, came to the temple and performed a drill that she had performed many many times before. She offered her two coins as an offering to God. Jesus saw it and said,
…she, poor as she is, has given everything she has. (Lk 21:4 NLT)
This offering was a training exercise in offering everything to God in the Temple. This was an exercise in alertness. She was training her heart to be alert. And Jesus said to his disciples, as he says to us, Stay alert. Train your heart. Prepare your soul. Offer all that you are to God.
Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. (Lk21:34-35 NLT)
Stay vigilant. Be like this widow and train your heart, by offering it, each day, to the Lord – all that you have for all that He gives. At the end of this chapter, Luke tells us: The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him. (Lk 21:28 NLT)
Do you want to stay vigilant? Do you want to train your heart in ways of faithfulness to God? Then show up, like this faithful widow did. This woman had learned to train her soul and offer all that she was to God. And in so doing, she received all that Christ gives, each day. And like the crowds that gathered around him at the Temple, each morning we can come to receive a new word from God and hear from him. We can train our heart and soul, by offering all that we have and coming to him each morning to receive all that He is. If we follow this widow’s example, we too, will know the joy, grace, power and strength, that come by walking by faith.
Let’s do that together, my friends,. Let’s show up again tomorrow and hear from him, offering all that we have and receiving all that he gives.