What Jesus Did! 'The Crowd's Hero' — Luke 6:26

Thursday, April 2, 2015

"It is bad when all people say good things about you. Their fathers always said good things about the false prophets."
— Luke 6:26 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:26 NLT — "It is bad when all people say good things about you. Their fathers always said good things about the false prophets."

Key Thought

For whom and for what do you live? Jesus warned us to avoid living for the approval of the crowd. He demonstrated the importance of this principle in his own life. Sometimes the crowd wildly accepted him. At other times, the crowd wanted to make him King, yet in just a matter of hours, they turned away from following him. The crowd cried out, "Hosanna! Hail King of the Jews!" to praise him. Then a week later, the fickle crowd screamed, "Crucify him!" Jesus didn't trust himself to the will of the crowd. He doesn't want us to do it either. When we live for the approval of the crowd, we give away the rule of our hearts to the will of the masses. We lose the direction in our lives in the process. We replace the approval of God in our hearts with the call of the crowd, like the false prophets who led God's people, and themselves, into destruction.

Today's Prayer

Give me the courage, dear God, to live for you regardless of what those around me think of me. Make me a person of integrity, holy character, and graciousness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 12:20-23
  • John 12:37-43
  • Galatians 1:10

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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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