What Jesus Did! 'Staying on Task' — Luke 9:43

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers,
— Luke 9:43 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:43 NLT — All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers,

Key Thought

So often our gaze is diverted from what our primary task truly is. Jesus was preparing disciples to lead after his departure. Sometimes discouragement can derail us from our mission. Sometimes it is pride that comes from praise—we sometimes call it "resting on our laurels." Jesus, however, was not diverted. He stayed on task. He remembered his mission. Part of this was possible because of his daily walk with God in quiet prayer time. Part of it was based upon his desire to finish his Father's mission for him. Yesterday we focused on not letting difficulties and disappointments, especially those that center upon people, keep us from continuing in our mission for God. Today, we are reminded to not let success and praise derail us through pride. While others talked about all the wonderful things Jesus was doing, Jesus stayed focused on developing his disciples!

Today's Prayer

Father, please help me not be diverted from my mission because of the praise of others. While I genuinely appreciate the affirmation, I know my heart can sometimes swell with pride. Thank you for the encouragement and keep me on the path of honoring you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 20:24
  • John 4:34
  • John 12:42-43

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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.