DEVOTION:WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CONVINCE YOU?

Two great men lived at the same time in the land of Israel; John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. Both were messengers from God. Yet the people of the day did not receive them as God’s messengers. This puzzled Our Lord Jesus Christ that he asked the following question:

To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others. Matthew 11:16

 

And this is what these children were saying:

We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn. Matthew 11:17

 

Then Jesus gave the reason he compared these people to children in the marketplaces. The reasons have to do with how these people responded to the message of these great men. This is what they said about John the Baptist:

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon. Matthew 11:18

 

And here is what they said about our Lord Jesus Christ:

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds. Matthew 11:19

 

These people did not accept these messengers from God. Consequently, they did not accept their message. But in their act of judging the messengers of God, they revealed what was truly in their hearts. Christ says:

But wisdom is proved right by her deeds. Matthew 11:19b

 

You see these people, led by their religious leaders, acted as the most righteous people. They criticized John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. But in their criticism, they revealed who they truly were in their hearts. Read the following comments from these messengers of God as they responded to the religious leaders.

John the Baptist:

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:7-10

 

Jesus Christ:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. Matthew 23:27

 

These are very strong words from both of these messengers from God. They reveals to us what kind of people they were dealing with that forced them to use this very, very strong language.

 

These people could not be convinced by anything because the problem was neither the messengers nor the message. The problem was in the heart of the listeners.

 

APPLICATION:

  1. More often than not, I am asked the following question: How would today’s generation respond to Jesus if he was here today? My answer is the same all the time. Here it is: Like the people of Israel responded to Jesus. This is because the issue is not the abundance of evidence that makes people respond positively. If this was the case, then, they had more evidence than we do because of the many miracles performed by our Lord Jesus Christ. They also heard his powerful teaching and observed his impeccable life.
  2. There is plenty of evidence today too! There are many lives that are being changed daily. From thieves, murderers and drug addicts to atheists and agnostics. Many miracles are performed by our Lord today also; miraculous healings; inexplicable healing of terminal diseases and even near death experiences. The spread of Christianity from Jerusalem to all over the world should make one realize this is only God at work. This is not the power of the twelve disciples. But how many people believe in Christ? Like in the days of Jesus, people today still have more questions and criticism about Christianity and of our Lord Jesus.
  3. You might be saying to yourself that is a problem only non-believers have. But wait a minute! How many principles of the Bible are you violating or refusing to obey?
    1. Do you give your tithes to God?
    2. Are you making disciples?
    3. Are you praying? Do you know prayer is God’s will for believers?
    4. Do you love the brethren? In other words, are you a global Christian, a national Christian, a tribal Christian, or a racist Christian? In other words, do you love any Christian no matter their nationality, race, tribe, etc?
    5. Are you living in sin knowing very well that you are in rebellion against God?
  4. What do you need to hear from a preacher in order to believe that his message is from God to you?
  5. Or what do you need to see from a preacher to believe that he is truly a messenger from God?

God is always at work around us and around the world

Whether we see it, hear it, or recognized it, He is

Always at work moving history toward the

End of the age when Christ shall come

To take believers to be with him

In our home of blessed eternity.

But he is still calling for

Others to join this

Journey to

Heaven

Here is the

Question

 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CONVINCE YOU?

By Pastor Shadrack Ruto

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