What Jesus Did! 'Who Determines Your Worth?' — John 8:48-50

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Jews answered, "We say you are a Samaritan. We say a demon is making you crazy! Are we not right when we say these things?" Jesus answered, "I have no demon in me. I give honor to my Father. But you give no honor to me. I am not trying to get honor for myself. There is One who wants this honor for me. He is the judge."
— John 8:48-50 NLT
Illustration of John 8:48-50 NLT — "We say you are a Samaritan. We say a demon is making you crazy! Are we not right when we say these things?"

Key Thought

So often we succumb to peer pressure because we let the people around us determine our worth in our own eyes. To be labeled as demonized is about as bad a criticism as one could receive if he or she is seeking to live for God. Jesus, however, wasn't fazed. He knew who determined his worth. He would not be baited into useless arguments by people who could only criticize and call him names. He lived for his Father's glory, not his own. He lived to honor God and not himself. Since he was only trying to please God, he was very willing to leave the determination of his worth in God's hands. This allowed him to live with the freedom to be all that God had made him to be. What about you? Who determines your worth?

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me. I sometimes let the evaluation of others mean too much to me and compromise my mission and my integrity in your work. Bless me with strength, dear LORD, as I seek to leave the determination of my worth solely in your hands so that I am not swayed by the criticism of those who would seek to derail my life's mission. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:16-18
  • 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
  • Galatians 1:10


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.