What Jesus Did! 'Just Not Getting It!' — Luke 9:46

Monday, June 19, 2023

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Then [Jesus'] disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.
— Luke 9:46 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus had just warned his disciples that he was going to be betrayed. [1] Instead of each of them questioning if he might be the offender, they wrestled with their own delusions of grandeur. Rather than following Jesus in the way of the cross, they were looking for their own place in glory. So often our pride and desire to be noticed can blind us to our own potential for failure. Rather than being great, these disciples would all let Jesus down during his most difficult time. [2] When we feel ourselves striving for human recognition and are frustrated because we don't get recognized as prominently as someone else, let's remember the disciples and their spiritual blindness so we can avoid a case of our own spiritual blindness.

[1] Luke 9:43-45.
[2] Matthew 26:31, 47-49, 56.

Today's Prayer

Give me eyes to see, O Lord God, so that I will not be deceived and develop a lust for recognition. Please help me see my weaknesses and draw close to you for wisdom, strength, humility, and perseverance. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Proverbs 16:18
  • 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
  • 1 Timothy 3:6

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