Wednesday Word 7.08.2020

Matthew 11:16-19 New International Version

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance, we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 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.”

We have a tendency to lean towards the things that we know and like. It is comfortable and feels safe. It is just human nature. However, that is not necessarily a good thing. All too often, we never look past the surface to determine what something or someone is really about. We draw our conclusions quickly and our preconceptions can shape them in spite of what may actually be before us. It is possible to see only what we expect to see. This can lead to misconception and missed opportunities. On a broader scale, it can lead to much worse. Sexism. Racism. Jingoism. Domination. Hatred. War.

What would it be like if we looked at each other with God’s eyes? If we looked at people the way Jesus did? In 1 Samuel 16:7, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Jesus was very displeased with the people in this passage. I wonder what he would make of us…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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