What Jesus Did! 'I Agree!' — Mark 12:32-33

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The man answered, "That was a good answer, Teacher. You were right when you said these things. God is the only Lord, and there is no other God. And a person must love God with all his heart, all his mind, and all his strength. And a person must love other people the same as he loves himself. These commands are more important than all the animals and sacrifices we offer to God."
— Mark 12:32-33 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:32-33 NLT — "That was a good answer, Teacher."

Key Thought

While the agreement of the teacher of religious law is nice, it says more about him than it does about Jesus. Our judgements on Jesus' teachings are not the issue. Our obedience of Jesus' teachings is the issue. Spiritual arguments that are about fine points of interpretation can become excuses for pride or division. Jesus' concern is that we honor the will of God by obeying what he says. This obedience must be obedience of the heart and not just obedience in behavior. While I hope and trust that everyone who reads this devotional today appreciates, agrees, and applauds the teaching of Jesus, we must realize that it is not our place to sit in judgement on the merit of Jesus' teaching. Instead, you and I are called to obey him as our Lord and thus honor the Father who sent him.

Today's Prayer

O Father, may my search for truth never end with just admiration for the teachings your Son gave to us. Help me in my resolve to not only know the truth, but to also live it. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 3:33-35
  • Matthew 7:24-27
  • 2 Timothy 2:23-26

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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.