What Jesus Did! 'Just Do It!®' — John 13:16-17

Monday, September 12, 2022

[After washing the disciples' feet, Jesus said to them,] "I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them."
— John 13:16-17 NLT

Key Thought

A good friend once remarked: "I've yet to meet a Christian whose knowledge didn't exceed his obedience." His point was simple: Most Christians know far more of God's truth than they live. That doesn't mean we quit searching and seeking God's truth, of course, but it does mean that we need to practice what we know to be the truth! Jesus taught it long before Nike ever thought of it, "Just do it!"® The blessings in the words of Jesus can be found in putting them into practice daily!

Today's Prayer

Forgive me, Father, for the times I've frittered away my opportunity to learn more of the words of Jesus because I didn't want to have to obey them. Father, I do want to keep learning and growing in knowledge of you and your truth. I also ask, dear God, that you give me the courage to live with obedience to your Son's words as well as a passion for learning his teaching. In his name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 6:40
  • Mark 3:33-35
  • James 1:21-25


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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.