What Jesus Did! 'The Blessings of Discipleship' — Luke 6:20

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Jesus looked at his followers and said, "What great blessings there are for you poor people! God's kingdom belongs to you."
— Luke 6:20 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:20 NLT — Jesus looked at his followers and said, "What great blessings there are for you poor people! God's kingdom belongs to you."

Key Thought

Even though the crowds had mobbed around Jesus for healing, Jesus uses this moment to teach his disciples. The words given here are not general promises to all people, but blessings given to those who surrendered to the call of Jesus and followed him with all their hearts. The Kingdom, Jesus reminds the disciples, is for those who are poor—for Luke, "the poor" are folks who depend upon God and who know that they do not have the power or wealth to cause change or to provide for life on their own. Those who are poor in this way trust in the power of the Lord and seek his power in their lives. Without the Lord, they know they have no hope and no power in this world. In such a heart, the Kingdom comes with power and hope.

Today's Prayer

Father of all wealth and power, teach me that I am poor. I know that my best is nothing. I know that my greatest claim to fame is valueless. Without you, without your Kingdom, my dreams are all earthbound and my strength is a shadow. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-10
  • James 2:5

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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.