What Jesus Did! 'The Heart of God's Messenger' — John 7:18

Saturday, May 26, 2018

"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 NLT
Illustration of John 7:18 NLT — "Any person that teaches his own ideas is trying to get honor for himself."

Key Thought

What are you in it for? Why would you want to teach God's word to another? Why would you want to share your faith with a friend? Why would you want to speak out for Christian values? Jesus makes it very simple and clear: the motive of God's messenger is to honor the Father. So let's ask ourselves if what we say, teach, explain, expound, or suggest brings honor to God, or to ourselves!

Today's Prayer

Father, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of heart and the motives for my speech be pleasing to you and bring you glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 1:1-3
  • Proverbs 25:13 (NAS)
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.