Success is being faithful to God's call.
In our Luke passage this week, Jesus begins his public ministry, after a time of prayer, solitude, and temptation. Jesus moves from the sheltered life of a carpenter to a public ministry, moving from town to town. Jesus is well received and appears to become the talk of the town; he is the new thing that everyone wants to be part of.
Yet in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth the success turns to failure. Jesus used the prophet Isaiah's words to challenge the town folk, the good religious Jews. They don't like what he says and force Jesus to a cliff where his life and ministry are questioned. But Jesus, faithful to God’s call on his life, walks through the crowd and continues with his ministry.
Questions to ponder:
- Talk about a failure in your life and what you did with it.
- Why did Chicago Cubs fans stay with a failing team for 108 years?
- Where are you called to be faithful in your life?
- In what areas could you risk more (even fail) to invite God’s presence and power?