What Jesus Did! 'The Fleeting Value of the Praise of our Peers' — Luke 11:43

Monday, August 3, 2015

"It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the market places."
— Luke 11:43
Illustration of Luke 11:43 — "It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the market places."

Key Thought

What drives you? Whose approval matters most? The praise of our peers often drives many of us. While we often talk about the peer pressure that influences our teens, we fail to acknowledge that adults are equally as controlled by it. Religious leaders are not immune to this temptation. If the approval of others is what matters most, Satan will find a way to use that adulation, approval, and need for affirmation to corrupt our message. We must know why we do what we do and say what we say. We must not "spin" things just so that we look good. We are not to do what we do to be accepted. What should matter most to us? God's approval, appreciation, and affirmation must matter most!

Today's Prayer

Father, help me live to honor you with undiluted desire. While I know you will send others to encourage and affirm me when I need it most, I also do not want to "sell out" my faith for the approval of others. Keep my heart, my motives, and my life pure of any contaminant that would rob you of your glory and your place of preeminence in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

After Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee asked Jesus to eat with him. So Jesus came and took a place at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands first before the meal. The Lord (Jesus) said to him, "You Pharisees {think that washing the outside of the body is so important. That's like} cleaning only the outside of a cup or a dish! {The inside is more important.} And what is inside you? You want only to cheat and hurt people. You are foolish! The same One (God) that made what is outside also made what is inside. So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people that need help. Then you will be fully clean. But it will be bad for you Pharisees! You give God one-tenth of {everything you own}—even your mint, your rue, and every other little plant in your garden. But you forget to be fair to other people and to love God. These are the things you should do. And you should also continue to do those other things—{like giving one-tenth}. It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the market places. It will be bad for you, because you are like hidden graves. People walk on them without knowing it."

Luke 11:37-44

Related Scripture Readings

Any person that teaches his own ideas is trying to get honor for himself. But a person that tries to bring honor to the one that sent him—that person speaks the truth. There is nothing false in him.

John 7:18

But many people believed in Jesus. Even many of the Jewish leaders believed in Jesus. But they were afraid of the Pharisees. So they did not say openly that they believed. They were afraid that they would be put out of the synagogue. These men loved praise from people more than praise from God.

John 12:42-43

Now do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No! God is the One I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:10

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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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