What Jesus Did! 'The Overwhelming Opportunity' — Luke 6:17

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Jesus and the apostles came down from the mountain. Jesus stood on a flat place. A large group of his followers were there. Also, there were many people from all around Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast cities of Tyre and Sidon.
— Luke 6:17 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:17 NLT —  Also, there were many people from all around Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast cities of Tyre and Sidon.

Key Thought

The 12 disciples Jesus chose to be his apostles didn't have to wait long to be overwhelmed with opportunity. After being called by the Master, they were immediately surrounded by the masses, yearning to find the grace that God offered through Jesus. Who is sufficient for such a challenge? None of them! None of us! Yet the issue isn't our sufficiency, but the one on whom we rely. Jesus equips and makes us ready for service in his Kingdom. He is the one who makes us perfect in our weakness to be a blessing to those searching for grace. Don't be discouraged by your insufficiencies, but draw near to the Lord and depend upon his grace to be sufficient for you.

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess that I have sometimes limited your work in my life by trying to do that work by my own power. I truly believe, dear Lord, that you long to do greater things in me than I can imagine. However, I know that my limited strength often keeps from being useful to you. This is not because you cannot be sufficient in my weakness, but because I do not look to you to make my weakness a perfect place for your strength to be displayed. Please forgive me and change my heart, so that I can be fully useful to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 1:23-31
  • Hebrews 11:32-34
  • 2 Corinthians 12:10

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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.