What Jesus Did! 'Recognize How Bad it Is!' — Luke 11:44

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"It will be bad for you, because you are like hidden graves. People walk on them without knowing it."
— Luke 11:44 NLT
Illustration of Luke 11:44 NLT — "It will be bad for you, because you are like hidden graves. People walk on them without knowing it."

Key Thought

All of us have a tendency to look at our sins and shortcomings and dismiss them as less sinful than other people's sin. Jesus is confronting the Pharisees about their sin. The Pharisees were generally considered to be some of the most righteous living people in Jesus' day. Yet Jesus calls on them (see the previous verses in Luke 11) to look past their outward demonstrations of righteousness and look at their hearts—deal with their inner greed, the outward show of generosity coupled with their lack of passion for social justice, and their desire to be treated with special honor and appreciation. Jesus wants them to know that their sin is just as bad as those to whom they feel righteously superior. If we are willing, we will also hear him knock on the door of our hearts and challenge us to not settle for outward righteous appearances, but to pursue the things that are genuinely righteous from the heart that matter most to God.

Today's Prayer

Help me, O God my Abba Father, to pursue what is to your glory and honor. Forgive me for my sins. Help me to understand the guilt of those sins as I confess them. Help me to understand that you have forgiven me of those sins and cleansed me of their guilt. However, help me to honestly see my sins as you have and be as repulsed by them as I am the sins of others. Don't let the shame from my sins destroy me, but use my awareness of my sins and my appreciation of your grace to motivate me away from sin in the future. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:14-16
  • 1 John 1:5-2:2
  • Luke 6:41-42


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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