What Jesus Did! 'You Can't' — Luke 18:28-30

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Peter said, "Look, we left everything we had and followed you!" Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Every person that has left his home, wife, brothers, parents, or children for God's kingdom will get much more than he left. That person will get many times more in this life. And after that person dies, he will live with God forever."
— Luke 18:28-30
Illustration of Luke 18:28-30 — "Look, we left everything we had and followed you!"

Key Thought

No matter what we may give up for the sake of the Kingdom and to honor the Lord, it will be nothing compared to what God has promised us. Bottom line: we cannot out-give God! When our motives are to honor him, to bless his people, and to empower the work of the Kingdom, then we can be assured that God will not forget!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you so much for your generous grace. I also want to thank you in advance for your generous reward and abundant blessings that lie ahead. I ask, dear LORD, that you help me not let my passion and desire to honor and to bless you be diluted by life's challenges. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

A {Jewish} leader asked Jesus, "Good teacher, what must I do to get the life that continues forever?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? Only God is good. {But I will answer your question.} You know {God's} commands: 'You must not do the sin of adultery, you must not murder anyone, you must not steal anything, you must not tell lies about other people, you must honor (respect) your father and mother

Luke 18:18-30

Related Scripture Readings

If we are God's children, then we will get the blessings God has for his people. We will get these things from God. God will give us all that he has given Christ. But we must suffer like Christ suffered. Then we will be able to share his glory. We have sufferings now. But the sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us. Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when God will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen.

Romans 8:17-19

"When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites. The hypocrites love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray loudly. They want people to see them pray. I tell you the truth. They already have their full reward. When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that secret place. Your Father can see the things that are done in secret. And he will reward you.

Matthew 6:5-6

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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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