wisdom and the world

Reading from Luke 7 today… (I’m following the YouVersion.com 1 year Bible reading plan, by the way, in case you want to follow along some). I was struck by a passage that I had never really considered before, Luke 7:31-35. Jesus makes the point that the world (i.e. everything not currently part of God’s Kingdom) will always find an excuse to separate itself from God’s people and not follow God’s way. John the Baptist didn’t ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, so the world said he was possessed by a demon. Jesus ate with ‘tax collecters and sinners’, so the world said he was a glutton and a drunkard.

Jesus ends his statement with this sentence – ‘But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.’ I think the point Jesus is making here is that believers will never be able to live our lives in such a way as seems appropriate to the world. Nor should we. The world is messed up. Why should we seek its approval? Rather, we should live  by God’s wisdom, and let His will guide and direct our lives. Only then we will be shown to be right.

God, please forgive me when I love the world more than I love you, and when I seek the world’s acceptance instead of Your will.

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