DATE POSTED Saturday, 2023-01-07
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 7:31; 33-35
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)
BIBLE TEXT: 31 Then Jesus said, “What shall I say about the people of this time? What are they like?
33 John the Baptist came and did not eat bread or drink wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon in him.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! He eats too much and drinks too much wine, and he is a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is proved to be right by what it does.”
APPLICATION: I remember a saying by my old mother. Perhaps you may have also heard this before, but I feel like it is so appropriate for this devotional today. Mom would say about my friends, ‘put them all in a pot, and I’m not sure who would jump out first’! Sounds mysterious, but she meant they were all alike, and she didn’t think any of them would stand up in honor of right principles or show proof of training in godly teachings. Jesus had a very similar scenario with the crowd He was addressing and, I feel, the way He dealt with them could serve to teach us about our behavior. A noted Bible commentator, John Courson, reminds us that ‘godly wisdom is seen in the transformation of people practically. Look at the children of the Lord, born-again believers, and you see people who were once strung out on drugs, hooked on pornography, or held captive by materialism; people with messed-up marriages, hurting families, and broken lives who are now in the process of being perfected. God’s wisdom is justified in changed lives. Let the Pharisees argue all they want. The irrefutable fact is that lives are changed‘. As for us, I believe that it is still God’s purpose to know the heart of His children and to ensure that their hearts are filled to capacity with His love, His teachings, and a clear understanding of all that He did for us, so that everything that pours out from our mouths and every action that we take, is all demonstrative of the life and works of the One we have chosen to be our Guide, and the one who provides us the much needed wisdom to live like Jesus, even among those who act like the Pharisees did. Let’s try to listen carefully to what our friends say about the church and about Christians as a whole. Don’t be so quick to argue with them, but rather listen to their criticism. Be ready to accept that they are describing what they see – who we are in their eyes, as children of the King, and what He looks like in our human form. Saying that we are Christian will never get us into heaven. Accepting Jesus as Lord of our lives is the only way. Jesus is teaching that if we surrender self, and give Him control, then our lives will look and sound like Him, in His eyes and to those in the world in which we live. But for just a moment, let us also look at opposite views, as it always helps me to either see myself, or notice that I may be on the right track. So, in looking at the opposite view, I believe we would see results that do not reflect the wisdom of Jesus, nor His teachings or His example. I know it is very clear to see this view in the ungodly, and those who have chosen to reject Jesus, but as we conclude today’s devotional, let’s be encouraged to daily look inward and see if there’s enough of Jesus in us, that’s evident to the world. Could they find us guilty of being a believer in Jesus Christ and a child of the King? The way to ensure a right relationship with God, is to regularly return to the foot of the cross and ask God to open our eyes and melt our hearts, so that we may see our wrongdoing and reflect on our shortcomings, knowing that only He could restore spiritual health to our souls. Only He could give us boldness to stand firm for Jesus, even under very challenging circumstances. People we love and know still need Jesus, my precious friend. Hopefully they will see enough of Jesus in our lives that they will also want to walk this road with us to await His return!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Godly wisdom is evident by what impact it makes in our lives!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, it’s not so easy for us to frown on the Pharisees when we stop and apply the truth of Your Word to our own lives. For we see where we could easily join in the chorus written by our ancestors ‘It’s me, it’s me oh lord, standing in the need of prayer. I’s not my brother or my sister, but it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer‘. Lord, please help us to clear up the weaknesses, the disobedience, the lack of desire and unwillingness to change in our own lives first, before looking at the Pharisees, or those who call themselves righteous. Unfortunately, today we must test an email to ensure its legitimacy, answer a call and listen to at least a few words, to determine its legitimacy, ask for ID to prove the legitimacy of an individual, and way too often test the message from our friends to determine the validity of their stand with You. I believe this all derives from the lack of consistent proof about who’s feeding our soul and our mind. Please impress upon us the need to be consistent in our relationship with You, including keen listening to what You have to say back to us through Your written Word. May it be evident to those who come into contact with us, that greater is He that is in us, than he that is in this old, wicked world. Let’s show them Jesus each and every time they cross our paths, so that Jesus might be lifted up and glorified as He draw all men unto Yourself. AMEN!
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