Jesus, Bringer of Fire (Luke 12:49-53)

Luke 12:49-53 (NRSV): Jesus the Cause of Division

49 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53 they will be divided:

father against son
and son against father,
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”


What facets of Jesus’ personality, goals, or methods are most challenging me this morning?

What is one way that I am experiencing the transformative work of God in my life right now? How, if at all, am I resisting this work?

What steps toward true peace might I soon need to take?