What Jesus Did! 'The Blessings of Obedience' — Luke 17:14

Saturday, October 7, 2023

[Jesus] looked at [the ten lepers who had pleaded for mercy] and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
— Luke 17:14 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus healed people in all sorts of ways. He told these ten with leprosy to go show themselves to the priests just as the law commanded them to do if they were healed. [1] Jesus didn't heal them before they left but rather as they were on their way to the priests. Healing happened after they stepped out in faith and obeyed. So often, many of us will not follow until the Lord does for us what we want. Like these men with leprosy, we call Jesus Lord or Master, but we want him "to do for us" rather than for us to submit to him as Lord. Let's be reminded today that, if Jesus is our Lord, we will obey him whether we see the answers to our prayers before, during, or after our obedience or even if we don't see the answers at all. Let's do what he says and trust that he will dispense his mercy and grace in ways that most bless us for an eternity with him.

[1] Leviticus 14:1-2 ASV.

Today's Prayer

Father God, please give me the patience that comes from your Spirit's presence. May the Spirit lead me to obey whether or not I see the answers that I want for the wishes of my heart and my prayer requests. I want Jesus truly to be my Lord and Master. Open my eyes so that I can see where I need to obey him and follow his will. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 7:21-23
  • Matthew 7:24-29
  • James 1:21-25

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Illustration of Luke 17:14 NLT — [Jesus] looked at [the ten lepers who had pleaded for mercy] and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

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.

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