What Jesus Did! 'No Way to Win Their Hearts' — Luke 7:31-35

Saturday, May 2, 2015

"What shall I say about the people of this time? What can I compare them to? What are they like? The people of this time are like children sitting in the market place. One group of children calls to the other children and says, 'We played flute music for you, but you did not dance; we sang a sad song, but you did not cry.' John the Baptizer came and did not eat {like other people} or drink wine. And you say, 'He has a demon inside him.' The Son of Man came eating {like other people} and drinking wine. And you say, 'Look at him! He eats too much and drinks too much wine! He is a friend of the tax collectors and other bad people!' But wisdom is shown to be right by the things it does."
— Luke 7:31-35 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:31-35 NLT — "What shall I say about the people of this time?"

Key Thought

Jesus was not going to win the hearts of those who had decided not to believe. Jesus and John were very opposite in demeanor and style yet those who refused to believe rejected each of them, oftentimes using their "style" as their excuse. Jesus confronts them and basically says (in my own good ol' cornbread English), "You're not going to believe because you don't want to believe!" As Jesus so often did, he reminds anyone who will listen that the real proof of character is seen in fruit produced in the life of a person. When you look at the fruit of their lives, both John and Jesus show they are from God, regardless of their differing styles.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please forgive me for judging others based on their personal style and demeanor. I don't want to ever reject, judge, or be unsupportive of your servants. In addition, dear Father, help my life consistently bear fruit for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:16-17
  • Luke 6:43-49
  • Galatians 5:22-26


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.