What Jesus Did! 'Still One Thing!' — Luke 18:21-23

Thursday, October 26, 2023

[After Jesus' reply to the religious leader's question about what to do to inherit eternal live, the] man replied, "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was young."

When Jesus heard his answer, he said, "There is still one thing you haven't done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

— Luke 18:21-23 NLT

Key Thought

For the rich man, the one additional thing Jesus called him to surrender was huge. Our one additional thing also can be huge. Clearly, this story impacts us in at least three ways:
  1. It calls us to be generous and understand the heart of God toward us and others.
  2. However, it also asks us to look at our life circumstances and determine what is the one thing that is most difficult for us to give up for Jesus.
  3. Then it calls us to give it up for the benefit of others.

So the message for you and me, dear friend, is this: 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 rival 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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Illustration of Luke 18:21-23 NLT — "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was young."

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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