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Summary: If you want to know what someone is all about, just listen to what they say. Jesus once said: “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” The Living Bible puts it this way: “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech”.

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Text: Luke 10:25-37

Introduction: If you want to know what someone is all about, just listen to what they say. Jesus once said: “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” The Living Bible puts it this way: “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech”.

Sometimes I just enjoy listening in to conversations. My favorite radio programs are those where two or more people are discussing issues. It is as if you are eavesdropping.

Today I want us to “eavesdrop” on one of our Lord’s conversations. It is found in Luke 10. I think we will find some powerful lessons for living encapsulated in this conversation.

While Jesus walked on the earth, He often met those who would try to “verbally spar” with Him. That is, they would like to try to trip Him up or trap Him into saying something wrong. In John 7, we find an instance where the Pharisees and chief priests sent officers to get Jesus and bring Him to them in order that they could interrogate them. When the officers went to arrest Him, they heard Him speaking and were so impressed that they returned to the Pharisees without Him. When asked why they came back empty-handed, they responded: “Never a man spake like this man.”

Then there was the time when the “religious” crowd – those who had been described as “beautiful mausoleums – full of dead men’s bones, and of foulness and corruption” – tried to trap Jesus with the woman who had been caught in the very act of adultery. The story is found in John 8:3-11 (NASB). Let us read that story.

You see, Jesus was well aware of the fact that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue …” Proverbs 18:21 (NASB)

Turn with me now to Luke, chapter 10 and we will find Jesus answering one of life’s most important, penetrating questions. We will begin reading at verse 25.

25And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

There it is. That is the most important question known to man. That is a question that should be constantly at the forefront of our concerns. The Philippian Jailer asked Paul & Silas the same question in Acts 16:30 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

I do not believe there is a more important question in life than this question. It has eternal consequences. I do not know what you have been asking yourself lately … Perhaps you have been asking, “What will the rest of 2006 hold? What will 2007 hold in store for me and my family? will I be promoted on my job? Will I get a pay raise on my job? If you are single maybe you have been who will I marry? What University will I attend?” All of these questions wane in significance when placed beside the ultimate question: What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Notice, though the lawyer was not serious. He was only testing the Lord. Look at the Lord’s reply:

26And He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" 27And he answered, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 28And He said to him, "You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE."


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