What Jesus Did! 'Open to Jesus' Teaching' — Luke 8:16-18

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"No person lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. Instead, that person puts the lamp on a lamp table so that the people that come in will have enough light to see. Everything that is hidden will become clear. Every secret thing will be made known, and everyone will see it. So be careful how you listen. The person that has {some understanding} will receive more. But the person that does not have {understanding} will lose even {the understanding} that he thinks he has."
— Luke 8:16-18
Illustration of Luke 8:16-18 — "No person lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed."

Key Thought

Are you open to what Jesus says? It isn't hidden. It is said to bring light to your darkness. The real issue is whether you and I are willing to pay attention to what he says and long to know and to live what we hear. We may not grasp all of what he says at first, but over time, as our hearts are open to him, more understanding comes. As the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, as our hearts yearn to know more of Jesus, and as we put into practice what we have already heard and understood, deeper insight and a more productive life follow! Let's open our hearts to Jesus' teaching and open our lives to be the place where his light is seen.

Today's Prayer

Father, I ask for your Spirit of knowledge so that I can know you better. I pray that out of your glorious riches, you open my heart to the deeper things of your truth. I recognize, dear Father, that my part in this dance of grace is to put into practice today, and each day, the truth that I understand. So I offer my day, myself, and my future to you. I trust that as I am receptive and obedient to the words of Jesus, you will open my heart to know you, your Son, and your truth more fully. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"No person lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. Instead, that person puts the lamp on a lamp table so that the people that come in will have enough light to see. Everything that is hidden will become clear. Every secret thing will be made known, and everyone will see it. So be careful how you listen. The person that has some understanding will receive more. But the person that does not have understanding will lose even the understanding that he thinks he has."
Jesus' mother and brothers came to visit him. There were so many people that Jesus' mother and brothers could not get close to him. Someone said to Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside. They want to see you."
Jesus answered them, "My mother and my brothers are those people that listen to God's teaching and obey it!"

Luke Luke 8:16-21

Related Scripture Readings

That is why I always remember you in my prayers and always thank God for you. I have always done this since the time I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people. I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ—to the glorious Father. I pray that he will give you the Spirit that will show you things about God and help you understand them. Then you will really know God.

Ephesians 1:15-17

We teach wisdom to people that are mature. But this wisdom we teach is not from this world. It is not the wisdom of the rulers of this world. Those rulers are losing their power. But we speak God's secret wisdom. This wisdom has been hidden {from people}. God planned this wisdom for our glory. He planned it before the world began. None of the rulers of this world understood this wisdom. If they had understood it, then they would not have killed our glorious Lord on a cross. But like the Scriptures say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no person has imagined what God has prepared for those people that love him." But God has shown us these things through the Spirit. The Spirit knows all things. The Spirit even knows the deep secrets of God. It is like this: No person knows the thoughts that another person has. Only that person's spirit that lives inside him knows those thoughts. It is the same with God. No one knows the thoughts of God. Only the Spirit of God knows those thoughts. We did not receive the spirit of the world. But we received the Spirit that is from God. We received this Spirit so that we can know the things that God has given us. When we speak these things, we don't use words taught to us by the wisdom that men have. We use words taught to us by the Spirit. We use spiritual words to explain spiritual things. A person that is not spiritual does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. That person thinks that those things are foolish. That person cannot understand the things of the Spirit, because those things can only be judged spiritually.

1 Corinthians 2:6-14

So Jesus said to the Jews that believed in him, "If you continue to obey my teaching, then you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free."

John 8:31-32

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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