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

Monday, March 27, 2023

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Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,
"God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours."
— Luke 6:20 NLT

Key Thought

Even though the crowds had mobbed around Jesus to be healed, [1] he uses this moment to teach his disciples. The words given here are not general promises to all people, but blessings given to those who surrender to the call of Jesus and follow 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 the hearts of such people, the Kingdom comes with power and hope.

[1] Luke 6:18-19.

Today's Prayer

Father of all wealth and power, teach me to be poor like the godly poor waiting for your Messiah to come to them. I need to recognize that my best is nothing. I know that my greatest claim to fame is valueless. Without you, without your Kingdom, without your Messiah Jesus, 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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Illustration of Luke 6:20 NLT — Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, 
"God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours."

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.

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