What Jesus Did! 'Look at What I Do, Then Decide' — John 10:22-25

Saturday, July 21, 2018

It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon's Colonnade. The people surrounded him and asked, "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus replied, "I have already told you, and you don't believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father's name."
— John 10:22-25 NLT
Illustration of John 10:22-25 NLT — "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."   ——   "I have already told you, and you don't believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father's name."

Key Thought

Many people can claim to be something they are not. Jesus repeatedly reminded his disciples (including us) that the proof of a disciple's identity is not what he or she claims, but what he or she does. An essential part of Jesus' proof of identity was what he did, too! Want to have a good idea who he is? Then notice what he did and how he lived.

Today's Prayer

Father, please empower me as I seek to live up to what I profess and to practice what I preach. I want my life to be genuine. I want to reflect the values I hold in my heart. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 14:10-11
  • Matthew 7:21-23
  • James 2:14, 18-20

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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.

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.