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

Thursday, September 5, 2024

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One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate [between Jesus and the Jewish leaders]. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"

— Mark 12:28 NLT

Key Thought

An honest seeker overhears the questions intended to trap Jesus and is impressed with Jesus' answers. He asks an honest question: "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 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 being 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 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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