What Jesus Did! 'Just One Thing!' — Luke 18:22-23

Monday, October 26, 2015

When Jesus heard this, he said to the leader, "But there is still one more thing you need to do. Sell everything you have and give the money to the poor people. You will have a reward in heaven. Then come and follow me!" But when the man heard this, he was very sad. The man was very rich {and wanted to keep his money.}
— Luke 18:22-23 NLT
Illustration of Luke 18:22-23 NLT — "But there is still one more thing you need to do. Sell everything you have and give the money to the poor people. You will have a reward in heaven. Then come and follow me!"

Key Thought

Our one thing can be awfully huge. For the rich young man, the one thing Jesus called him to surrender was huge. Clearly, this story impacts us at two levels. It calls us to be generous and understand the heart of God toward us and others. However, it also asks us to look at our life circumstances and determine what the one thing most difficult for us to give up for Jesus would be. Then it calls us to give it up. So the message for you and me, dear friend, is this: that we must be generous and we must not let anything interfere with our wholehearted devotion to the Lord Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Dear Father in heaven, please never, ever, let anything crowd into my heart and become a rivalry to your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 10:25-27
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Luke 14:33

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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.