What Jesus Did! 'Obedience, Rationalization, Disinterest, or Fury?' — Luke 11:53-54

Saturday, August 8, 2015

When Jesus was leaving, the teachers of the law and the Pharisees began to give him much trouble. They tried to make Jesus answer questions about many things. They were trying to find a way to catch Jesus saying something wrong.
— Luke 11:53-54 NLT
Illustration of Luke 11:53-54 NLT —  They were trying to find a way to catch Jesus saying something wrong.

Key Thought

We can have four reactions to Jesus' demands in our lives. We can obey, and show by our lives that we truly believe he is Lord. We can rationalize away those demands so that we can play like we are a Jesus-follower without really being a disciple. We can ignore Jesus' words and treat them as irrelevant. Or, we can respond to his convicting truths with harsh anger and fury. What do you do with Jesus' words?

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to speak and to reveal your truth. Keep my heart open to that truth so that it will flourish and bring changes to my life as I obey the Lord Jesus in whose name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 7:21-23
  • Mark 3:32-35
  • John 7:18


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.