Today's Daily Bread
Thu. Oct 23, 2014: Ephesians 3:14-21; Luke 12:49-53
A household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three. Many of the people Luke was writing to were already experiencing the consequences of following Jesus. Perhaps you sold everything you owned and gave to the poor. Maybe you were learning to associate with whole new groups of people, including people you previously avoided. Perhaps you were disowned by your family. The Roman government was certainly keeping an eye on you. So when new Christians heard what Jesus said about families divided against each other, it didn’t frighten them. Instead, it gave them strength and hope. And it reminded them that they were now part of a much larger family -- the family of God in Christ. Your love reaches out to us and includes us, O God; guide us as we reach out to other members of your family.