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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

[Jesus said,] "I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than his master. The person that is sent to do something is not greater than the one that sent him. If you know these things, you will be happy if you do them."
— John 13:16-17 NLT
Illustration of John 13:16-17 NLT — "I tell you the truth."

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 don't 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 said it before Nike every 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 piddled at learning more about the words of Jesus so I didn't have to get around to obeying 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 in my life as well as having a passion to learn his teaching. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

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


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.