What Jesus Did! 'An Honest Seeker' — Mark 12:28

Monday, September 5, 2016

One of the teachers of the law came to Jesus. He heard Jesus arguing with the Sadducees and the Pharisees. He saw that Jesus gave good answers to their questions. So he asked Jesus, "Which of the commands is most important?"
— Mark 12:28 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:28 NLT — "Which of the commands is most important?"

Key Thought

An honest seeker overhears all the questions intended to trap Jesus and is impressed with Jesus' answers. He asks an honest question: "What is the greatest of the commandments?" When Scripture says something is most important, we should pay attention! When Jesus says it, we had better offer obedience! Don't you think we would be better served in our Christian communities if we stopped the arguments over all the peripheral things that divide us and focused on the things that Scripture says are most important? So let's join this teacher each day as we approach Scripture and ask, "O Lord, what is most important?" Then let's commit to be obedient to what the Lord tells us and reveals to us!

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, I do love you. Help me show that love through a life of obedience that is focused on the things that you value as most important! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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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.

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