What Jesus Did! 'No False Pride in Our Heritage' — Luke 3:7-9

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

People came to be baptized by John. John said to them, "You are like poisonous snakes! Who warned you to run away from God's anger that is coming? You must do the things that will show that you have really changed your hearts and lives. And don't think that saying, 'Abraham is our father' will help you. I tell you that God can make children for Abraham from these rocks here! The ax is now ready to cut down the trees. Every tree that does not make good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
— Luke 3:7-9 NLT
Illustration of Luke 3:7-9 NLT — "You are like poisonous snakes!"

Key Thought

So often we want to take the efforts of those around us, and those who have gone before us, and claim them as our own. Faith is aided by a long heritage, but all genuine faith is always first generation faith—no one can believe for us. Many in Jesus' day wanted to claim lineage, race, and heritage as their spiritual guarantee. John reminds all people of all races for any time that heritage and pedigree don't mean a thing unless our faith is genuine. Let's show the genuineness of our faith in what we do, not in who we claim as our parents or what religious group we claim as our home.

Today's Prayer

Father, may my faith be my own and may it be as real in my daily behavior as it is in my heart and my heritage. Empower me to live out the faith I profess. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 2:14, 17-20
  • Matthew 7:15-23
  • 1 Peter 3:8-12


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.