Wisdom is Proven by Action (Thursday, September 3, 2020)

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Matthew 11:16-19

Beloved, freedom is not the same as license. Freedom carries responsibility. Don’t forget the idea of our being yoked with Jesus Christ! But very important is that wisdom is shown to be right by its results. For our spiritual well-being, the theme is: Wisdom is Proven by Action, carved from Matthew 11:16-19.

Putting our passage into context – John the Baptist having been arrested sent a message to Jesus asking, “Are you the once we have been waiting for?” Jesus responded: “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lappers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And, blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me”. In these words: “Wisdom is proven by action”.

Jesus then went on preaching and explaining that John’s purpose was to pave the way for Him. That is, His ministry and that of John the Baptist is one. But their methods differ. Their wisdom is the same. He goes on the compare our generation using the image of children quibbling in the market place while playing a game, complaining that the other children are not playing the game correctly.

Jesus is not intending to show difference between Himself and John. He is not either pointing at our difference as His people. But that, as they (Himself and John the Baptist) were rejected by the people, much like the quibbling children, so will people notice little important things about us.

In the church, we are divided over very little things. We fight over things that are very insignificant. We argue and over on things that not leading to the salvation of our soul. “Wisdom is proven by action”. In Jesus’ physical days on earth, He told people to follow Him and what He taught as summarized in the Commandment – Love God, love your neighbours.

Since the church started having buildings and owning properties; other things came up. We have become like those children at the market place arguing, instead of people after God’s message of salvation to us and after His commandment to love. Do we pay attention to the message of the Kingdom of God? John the Baptist says that we need to repent from our past and joining ourselves with the Kingdom of God.

In the water of Baptism, we celebrate our past washed away and the new kingdom life that we enter. Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you”. As people yoked with Jesus, it is our job to do the work that Jesus is doing. Jesus takes our burdens and we take on the responsibilities He assigns to us. We are freed from our burdens for a purpose.

Our freedom for Jesus’ sake is not freedom from the responsibilities of living in the ways of God. We love God not because it is a command, but because He first loved and loves us. Let us consider the Ten Commandment according to our status in life: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife or woken? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by words or deeds? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

Let us pray: Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy! Lord have mercy. Amen

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