What Jesus Did! 'Pious Sounding Critics' — John 12:4-6

Monday, August 20, 2018

Judas Iscariot was there. Judas was one of Jesus' followers. (He was the one that would later be against Jesus.) {Judas did not like what Mary did.} Judas said, "That perfume was worth 300 silver coins. It should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor people." But Judas did not really care about poor people. Judas said this because he was a thief. Judas was the one that kept the money box {for the group of followers}. And Judas often stole money from the box.
— John 12:4-6 NLT
Illustration of John 12:4-6 NLT — "That perfume was worth 300 silver coins. It should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor people."

Key Thought

Ever notice how many people at church can criticize much more freely than they can praise, encourage, serve, or sacrifice? Satan has a way of finding greedy and selfish hearts to criticize in pious words those who are willing to sacrifice. Does that mean we give up on the church? Well, did Jesus give up on his disciples because one of them was a greedy traitor, one was always overstating his faith, and the rest were often confused? Of course not! Where else would we want a person wrestling with heart problems to be than among God's people! The real issue is whether those who lead give in to pious sounding critics or gently confront them with the truth as Jesus does Judas. Too many who sacrifice and serve are not affirmed simply because someone else criticizes them with pious sounding words. Jesus shows us this must not be!

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving God, please open my eyes to people who are serving you extravagantly, then use me to affirm them and encourage them in their service and sacrifice to your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 3:21-22
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5


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.

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