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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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 (see Luke 9:43-45). 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. 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.

Today's Prayer

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

Related Scripture Readings

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

Comments

Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
"[Paul and his traveling companions] looked up the local disciples [in Tyre] and stayed with them seven days. Their message to Paul, from insight given by the..."
A daily dose of Christian quotes to inspire and encourage.
"Have you stopped seeing great things happen in your life? Perhaps you have stopped believing that God can work in a mighty way even in our generation."
Features the apostle Paul's writings turned into daily, powerful prayers.
"Dear Father, whose power is made perfect in weakness, Even though certain things are true, keep me from saying them if they would not be received in...."
A daily devotional about God's power for our battles.
"I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for...."

Illustration

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

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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.