Can’t have it both ways

People can be very fickle.

As they used to say where I come from, “You change your mind when you can’t change your shirt”.

Basically people can change their opinion to suit a situation, they’re not consistent in how they behave – often just to be awkward.

This was clearly a problem Jesus experienced:

Matthew 11:16-19

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

16You people are like children sitting in the market and shouting to each other,

17“We played the flute,

but you would not dance!

We sang a funeral song,

but you would not mourn!”

18John the Baptist did not go around eating and drinking, and you said, “That man has a demon in him!” 19But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, “That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet Wisdom is shown to be right by what it does.

People complained about John the Baptist because he fasted and didn’t drink.

They complained about Jesus because he feasted and drank.

What did they want??

It can be so easy to find fault – often for finding fault’s sake.

But, Jesus says, God’s wisdom is shown by results – and actually that meant they could both be right in their approach.  It’s not what someone does or doesn’t do that is right, but the effects of their lives on other people.

Are we quick to find fault with others?  Or do we look at their lives in the light of how it shows God, where it leads others?

Are our arguments like children bickering? Or can we live and let live?

Do we need to have something to complain about? Or can we look at what God is doing.

Let’s not be fickle – but faithful.

Faithful to God and his ways, and supportive in what our fellow christians are doing.

It may not be our way – but the main point is: is it God’s way?!

Forgive me Lord,

that so often

I watch so carefully what others are doing,

and I let it worry me.

Help me to concentrate

only on what you are doing

and what I am doing,

that you may be revealed.

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2 thoughts on “Can’t have it both ways

  1. I met a pastor in the US who saw influence as the key role of a leader, and influenece that permeates out from the example we set. He said ‘Its not so important to be remembered for what you say but for who you are.’ A lot of people, I think, are puzzled as to why the issue of Jesus won’t go away when their own rational arguments seem to make so much sense but they focus on what he said and did rather than who he was, and is. His life was not simply about words he said but about his consistent example and faithfulness to who he is, the risen Christ. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever so no matter what latest trend, opinion or rationale they throw at him he is going nowhere

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