Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children. KJV
Philippians 1:9-11 The Message (MSG)
It is a 9-11 prayer in urgent need of praying and answering today in each of us and all the church. Or are the days not evil and the times PERILOUS?
The five senses and the intellect of the lost and the backsliders ought not to be easily put off by what they see and hear from us. They ought to know we are Jesus students by our love , and that ought to look good to them. Our obedience should look somewhat strange to the world around us, but with God’s divine influence it need not be off-putting. It may even look strange to the congregation we attend. I have a friend John W. who taught me something about obedience. He was in a meeting and the Lord said to him, “Shout aloud: Macaroni.” He really was surprised, and after some hesitation shouted aloud: “MACARONI.” After the meeting a man came to him and thanked him for shouting it as he was praying about two business opportunities, one being pasta making. Obedience to what you or I are called by God to do may not appear as comfortable or FUN. But I can imagine John W.’s momentary discomfort may have really blessed a pasta maker to be! I expect to hear the rest of the story someday.
The truth invariably perceived by us as a negative when it first appears. Obedience is the right response to the truth. Jesus IS Truth. Does obedience also appear as a negative, as unpleasant when it first is commanded? I’m inclined to say it does. A real hope and blessing for us as Jesus own lamb’s is this, that as we are discipled, taught, trained, corrected, reproved and rebuked, as we are chastened, obedience become the activity by which we are secured to Him and become fruit bearing, bearing joy and love and all the fruits of the Spirit of Wisdom.
Luke 7:35 Wisdom is vindicated by all her children." ISV