What Jesus Did! 'Open to Jesus' Teaching' — Luke 8:16-18

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"No person lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. Instead, that person puts the lamp on a lamp table so that the people that come in will have enough light to see. Everything that is hidden will become clear. Every secret thing will be made known, and everyone will see it. So be careful how you listen. The person that has {some understanding} will receive more. But the person that does not have {understanding} will lose even {the understanding} that he thinks he has."
— Luke 8:16-18 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:16-18 NLT — "No person lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed."

Key Thought

Are you open to what Jesus says? It isn't hidden. It is said to bring light to your darkness. The real issue is whether you and I are willing to pay attention to what he says and long to know and to live what we hear. We may not grasp all of what he says at first, but over time, as our hearts are open to him, more understanding comes. As the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, as our hearts yearn to know more of Jesus, and as we put into practice what we have already heard and understood, deeper insight and a more productive life follow! Let's open our hearts to Jesus' teaching and open our lives to be the place where his light is seen.

Today's Prayer

Father, I ask for your Spirit of knowledge so that I can know you better. I pray that out of your glorious riches, you open my heart to the deeper things of your truth. I recognize, dear Father, that my part in this dance of grace is to put into practice today, and each day, the truth that I understand. So I offer my day, myself, and my future to you. I trust that as I am receptive and obedient to the words of Jesus, you will open my heart to know you, your Son, and your truth more fully. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 1:15-17
  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-14
  • John 8:31-32

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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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