What Jesus Did! 'Only God Is Good' — Mark 10:18

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

"Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked. "Only God is truly good."
— Mark 10:18 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:18 NLT — "Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked. "Only God is truly good."

Key Thought

Yes, only God is good. But then that is the point, isn't it? Jesus is "God is with us" (Matthew 1:23), and we must put our faith in him and listen to him and obey just as we must with God. If the man who asked the question in the previous verse (Mark 10:17) can't see that Jesus has God's authority as well as God's goodness, he will never relinquish complete control of his heart, his life, and his future. Come to think of it, neither will we. Only God is good! So then, Lord Jesus, you have our attention as God speaking to us!

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, hallowed is your mighty name. I recognize that your Son, Jesus, is God come in the flesh — your very presence with us. Thank you for becoming one of us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:17-18
  • Mark 9:1-7
  • Titus 2:11-14


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.

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.