Jesus modeled an important social principle in Luke 20: We don’t have to attend every argument that we are invited to. Isn’t that a relief?
When some prominent religious leaders came to Jesus and began questioning Him, Jesus knew good and well that they were not actually interested in gaining truth, they simply wanted to argue (and trap Him.) Jesus didn’t take the bait, and we don’t have to either.
When we are positioned with actual opportunities to share our faith in Christ, or even debate theology in an environment where people are actually seeking truth, the Bible is clear that we need to be ready. Honest questions deserve answers. “Always be ready,” Peter said, “to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).”
We find this principle in Matthew 10:19, Mark 13:11 and Luke 12:11, all of which tell us flat-out that there will be times when we will have opportunities to speak on behalf of Christ. These times will come. What we don’t have to do is engage with people who have no interest in learning anything. It will take wisdom to know the difference between the two.
Learning to walk away from a pointless fight will save our energy for the times when we can actually point someone to the Savior.
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Reading Plan–Week Thirteen
Day One–Luke 17
Day Two–Luke 18
Day Three–Luke 19
Day Four–Luke 20
Day Five–Luke 21