Friday, December 10, 2010

12/10/10 - Wisdom Is Vindicated By Her Works

Matthew 11:16-19
Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
This scripture is painful for me because I think I'm far more like the children he mentions than I'd like to be.  I can talk a great game.  The important thing isn't words, though, it's actions.  As Christ says, Wisdom is vincicated by her works.  It's OK to marvel over Christ's teaching, but without putting those words into action, it's just empty praise.  To know the truth and not act on it is far worse than never knowing it in the first place.