What Jesus Did! 'Genuine Worship' — Luke 14:1-6

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

On a Sabbath day, Jesus went to the home of a leading Pharisee to eat with him. The people there were all watching Jesus very closely. A man with a bad disease was put before Jesus. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?" But they would not answer his question. So Jesus took the man and healed him. Then Jesus sent the man away. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "If your son or work animal falls into a well on the Sabbath day, you know you would pull him out quickly." The Pharisees and teachers of the law could say nothing against what Jesus said.
— Luke 14:1-6 NLT
Illustration of Luke 14:1-6 NLT — "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?"   ——   "If your son or work animal falls into a well on the Sabbath day, you know you would pull him out quickly."

Key Thought

We often get our priorities so bent out of shape when it comes to worship. We can argue over the style of songs that are used, the dress that is appropriate, and even the color of the carpet. Yet God seems to be much more interested in the integrity of the heart that worships than he is in the polished facades we seek to support. God longs to bless people—to forgive them and make them whole. We must never forget this passion of the Father that is so often demonstrated by his Son Jesus. Let's remember that worship is in large measure blessing others as well as honoring God.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please be with me as I prepare my heart to worship you with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Open my eyes to see how I can bless and strengthen them as I also praise and worship you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 10:23-26
  • Luke 10:30-37
  • John 5:16-17

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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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