What Jesus Did! 'Only God is Good!' — Luke 18:19

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? Only God is good."
— Luke 18:19 NLT
Illustration of Luke 18:19 NLT — Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? Only God is good."

Key Thought

Jesus is challenging the religious leader to wake up and understand the truth that stands right in front of him. If he is calling Jesus "good," then he must come to understand that Jesus is God and not play religious games, but come to truly believe. Jesus isn't denying that he is God; Jesus is affirming that he is God and that man truly needs to acknowledge that he is. Eternal questions are not simply religious speculation, but the core questions of the human soul. Only God can answer those questions. So if he is going to ask Jesus this question, he needs to pay attention and place his faith in Jesus' answer. So do we!

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, open my heart and my mind so I can better understand your incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth. Thank you for showing your love for us in such clearly demonstrable ways by entering our world in a physical way to bring us home to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1:1-4, 10-14, 17-18
  • Titus 2:11-14
  • 2 John 7-10


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.