Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish council. They said, "What should we do? This man (Jesus) is doing many miracles. If we let him continue doing these things, all the people will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away our temple and our nation."
— John 11:47-48 NLT
What do you value most in your life? What do you have the greatest trouble relinquishing to the Lordship of Christ? These two questions are crucial, because they help define the battleground on which you will have to fight the adversary. He will do everything he can to distort those values and have them displace the will of God in your heart. The Temple was important to Jewish life, but not more important than the will of God. The Scriptures were essential to God's people, but not more important than God's Messiah. The religious leaders were important to Jewish heritage, but never more important than Israel's true King, God! The Pharisees and high council were so intent in keeping what they had, they rejected what God wanted and planned for their blessing. They couldn't even see the good things Jesus did because their true treasure was in what they had and not in the God they served. What about us?
Purify my heart, O God, and renew a right attitude in me. Cleanse me from my sin and guard me from competing distractions that could become an idol for me. I want no claim upon my heart other than your will for me. Keep my heart, soul, and mind in devotion to you and to the work of your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Matthew 6:19-24
- John 5:39-44
- Matthew 22:34-40
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.