What Jesus Did! 'Careless and Care-less Joy' — Luke 6:25

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"It will be bad for you people that are full now, because you will be hungry. It will be bad for you people that are laughing now, because you will be sad and cry."
— Luke 6:25 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:25 NLT — "It will be bad for you people that are full now, because you will be hungry. It will be bad for you people that are laughing now, because you will be sad and cry."

Key Thought

Jesus enjoyed the fellowship of sinners to redeem them and welcome them into God's family. Jesus knew how to enjoy a party! (Remember the party that Matthew threw to introduce his sinful friends to Jesus?) Jesus talked about God's joyous party for returning sinners (Luke 15). However, Jesus had no part of careless joy. Careless joy is that self-satisfied, look what I've done, arrogant joy that could care less if anyone else is unhappy or mistreated. This shallow joy cannot survive the hardships of life and the permanence of death. It is a vain attempt to escape from the hollowness of life without the Savior. Sorrow, awful hunger, and mourning await those who live such a life.

Today's Prayer

God of mercy and justice, I am concerned about the many people who fill their days with careless joy trying to drive out the emptiness in their hearts. Use me to help them find the wellspring of eternal joy found in your grace and the presence of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 12:13-21
  • Luke 18:18-23
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

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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.

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