The Pharisees heard these things the people were saying about Jesus. So the leading priests and the Pharisees sent some temple police to arrest Jesus. Then Jesus said, "I will be with you people a little while longer. Then I will go back to the One (God) who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me. And you cannot come where I am." These Jews said to each other, "Where will this man go that we cannot find him? Will he go to the Greek cities where our people live? Will he teach the Greek people there? This man (Jesus) says, 'You will look for me but you will not find me.' He also says, 'You cannot come where I am.' What does this mean?"
— John 7:32-36 NLT
So often we find ways to put off doing the right thing or make excuses for not responding to God in the proper way. I don't know how many times I've seen a husband or wife get serious about his or her marital commitment too late to make a difference. Opportunities to live for Jesus vibrantly and passionately can pass us by each day while our hearts grow callused. One day, there will be no more opportunities. Our hearts may grow hard, our bodies may grow too weak, our circumstances may degrade, or our influence may be lost. "I will be here a little longer," Jesus reminded his disciples. Many missed the joy of Jesus' life because they found reasons to put off responding or found excuses to reject him. Let's not be guilty of wasting a limited-time offer. Instead, let's respond to Jesus with passion today before our hearts grow cold or our time runs out.
LORD and Father, give me a sense of spiritual urgency about the decisions I make today. Give me a clear sense of what is at stake in what I choose, reject, and put off. Give me wisdom to see through all the distractions that can clutter my view and mislead my heart. Give me a holy passion to do what you want me to do. I don't want to waste a day of my life in your service. In Jesus name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
- Hebrews 3:12-15
- Luke 19:5-10
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.