What Jesus Did! 'Accountable' — Luke 16:1-2

Friday, September 18, 2015

Jesus said to his followers, "Once there was a rich man. This rich man hired a manager to take care of his business. Later, the rich man learned that his manager was cheating him. So he called the manager in and said to him, 'I have heard bad things about you. Give me a report of what you have done with my money. You can't be my manager now!'"
— Luke 16:1-2 NLT
Illustration of Luke 16:1-2 NLT — "Once there was a rich man."

Key Thought

In an age where feelings and intentions are given greater value than behavior, Jesus' teaching on being held accountable for our actions seems harsh to many. However, Jesus wants his disciples to know that his work in the lives of men and women involves the transformation of character. Character involves not only doing the right things, but also doing them for the right reasons and with the right intentions.

Today's Prayer

Father, keep my heart pure and my hands busy with your work. May my observable character and my internal desires reflect your character, grace, faithfulness, and loving kindness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Titus 3:3-5
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • 1 Peter 1:13-16

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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.