“(All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.” (Luke 7:29,30 NIV)
“…rejected God’s purpose for themselves…” These people heard Jesus speak and they knew what He said, but were they too busy trying to keep the law in their own strength? Were they trying to establish their own righteousness their own way? Were they refusing to humble themselves before Christ because they thought they knew better?
This passage made me wonder if I’ve been guilty at times of “trying too hard” because of what I thought He wanted. The Apostle Paul after his conversion made this statement, “I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.” (Acts 26:9 KJV)
Could it be any of us can be so strong willed even as believers that we insist on doing things our way instead of accepting what He might have in mind for us? After reading these two passages, may we be challenged to surrender and let the Father have His way over our own. Father, would You please help us not only to hear, but respond in obedience to You. In Your Son’s name I pray, amen.