What Jesus Did! 'Just Not Getting It!' — Luke 9:46

Friday, June 19, 2015

Jesus' followers began to have an argument about which one of them was the greatest (most important).
— Luke 9:46
Illustration of Luke 9:46 — Jesus' followers began to have an argument about which one of them was the greatest (most important).

Key Thought

Jesus had just warned his disciples that he was going to be betrayed (see vs. 43-45). Instead of questioning if they might be the offender, they wrestled with their own delusions of grandeur. Rather than following Jesus in the way of the Cross, they were looking for their own place in glory. So often our pride and desire to be noticed can blind us to our own potential for failure. Rather than being great, these disciples would all let Jesus down during his most difficult time. When we feel ourselves striving for human recognition and are frustrated because we don't get recognized as prominently as someone else, let's remember the disciples and their spiritual blindness so we can avoid a case of our own spiritual blindness.

Today's Prayer

Give me eyes to see, O LORD God, so that I will not be deceived by own lust for recognition. Please help me see my weaknesses and draw close to you for wisdom, strength, and perseverance. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers, "Don't forget the things I will tell you now: The Son of Man will soon be given into the control of some men." But the followers did not understand what Jesus meant. The meaning was hidden from them so that they could not understand it. But the followers were afraid to ask Jesus about what he said. Jesus' followers began to have an argument about which one of them was the greatest (most important). Jesus knew what they were thinking. So Jesus took a little child and stood the child beside him. Then Jesus said to the followers, "If a person accepts a little child like this in my name, then that person accepts me. And when a person accepts me, that person accepts the One (God) that sent me. The person among you that is the most humble—that person is a great (important) person." John answered, "Master, we saw a person using your name to force demons out of people. We told him to stop because he does not belong to our group." Jesus said to John, "Don't stop him. If a person is not against you, then he is for you."

Luke 9:43-50

Related Scripture Readings

If a person is proud, then he is in danger of destruction. If a person thinks he is better than other people, then he is in danger of defeat.

Proverbs 16:18

So the person that thinks he is standing strong should be careful that he doesn't fall. The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

But an elder must not be a new believer. It might make a new believer be too proud of himself {if he were made an elder}. Then he would be judged (condemned) for his pride the same as the devil was.

1 Timothy 3:6

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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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