What Jesus Did! 'No Real Secrets!' — Luke 12:1-3

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Many thousands of people came together. There were so many people that they were stepping on each other. Before Jesus spoke to the people, he said to his followers, "Be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees. I mean that they are hypocrites. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. The things you say in the dark (secretly) will be told in the light (openly). The things you whisper in a private room will be shouted from the top of the house."
— Luke 12:1-3
Illustration of Luke 12:1-3 — "Be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees."

Key Thought

We must live without any real secrets, because all of them are eventually going to become public—now, later, or when Jesus' comes. Who we truly are, in the core of our beings, will be on full display when we stand before the Lord. We won't be hiding behind a public persona while hiding a rotten reality or a sinful habit. Let's pray that what people see is a lot more like Jesus each new day than it was the day before.

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving Father, I praise you for being the Almighty God who knows even the untold truths buried in my past, hidden in my heart. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Many thousands of people came together. There were so many people that they were stepping on each other. Before Jesus spoke to the people, he said to his followers, "Be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees. I mean that they are hypocrites. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. The things you say in the dark (secretly) will be told in the light (openly). The things you whisper in a private room will be shouted from the top of the house." Then Jesus said to the people, "I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of people. People can kill the body, but after that they can do nothing more to hurt you. I will show you the One to fear. You should fear him (God) who has the power to kill you and also to throw you into hell. Yes, he is the One you should fear. "When birds are sold, five small birds cost only two pennies. But God does not forget any of them. Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds. "I tell you, if any person stands before other people and is willing to say that he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before the angels of God. But if any person stands before people and says he does not believe in me, then I will say that person does not belong to me. I will say this before the angels of God. "If a person says something against the Son of Man, he can be forgiven. But a person that says bad things against (refuses to accept) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. "When men bring you into the synagogues before the leaders and other important men, don't worry about what you will say. At that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say."

Luke 12:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Don't do the things that people in darkness do. Doing those things brings nothing good. But {do the good things to} show that those things in darkness are wrong. It is really very shameful to even talk about the things those people in darkness do in secret. But when we show that those things are wrong, the light makes all those things easy to see. And everything that is made easy to see can become light. This is why we say: "Wake up, you sleeping person! Rise from death, and Christ will shine on you." So be very careful how you live. Don't live like people who are not wise. But live wisely. I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times.

Ephesians 5:10-16

All these things will happen on the day when God will judge the secret things inside of people. The Good News that I tell people says that God will judge people through Christ Jesus.

Romans 2:16

"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

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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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