Wisdom Is Justified by All Her Children

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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32) Jesus made many profound statements, and here’s one He just kind of tosses out there, like a free bonus. In Luke 7:35, Jesus said, “...wisdom is justified by all her children.” What does that mean? It means wisdom proves itself by the long term results. People can SAY anything, but how do we know if it’s wise? Jesus gives us the litmus test. Wisdom is justified by all her children. In other words, what are the long term results? If the long term results are good, it was wise. In the moment it sounds like fun when someone says, “Eat, drink and be merry!” Let’s do it all day. Every day! Why work? Why go to school? Why do anything hard at all? But wisdom is justified by all her children. Look at the long term results for people who never go to work, never go to school, never do anything hard. Years ago I met a young man who was gloriously saved by Jesus Christ. He was a new creation, full of joy. He really wanted to grow in his faith, and that’s what led him to me. Part of his plan for getting his life on track included going to college. There he ran into a professor who was a vocal opponent of Christianity. I know, it sounds like one of those Christian movies, but it was real. And it really attacked the faith of this young man. He thought a college professor must really know what he’s talking about. One day he came to me and shared how his faith was slipping because of what he was hearing from the professor. I said, “You know, by your own words, your life was not good before. Then you came to Jesus and suddenly you had hope and peace and joy. Your life was radically changed for the better. And now I’ve noticed lately that that seems to be slipping away. So let me ask you, the professor, what is his life like?” The young man said, “Not good. I think he’s an alcoholic and divorced.” I said, “Well, why do you want to take life advice from someone whose life isn’t going the way you want your life to go?” Wisdom is justified by all her children. So when people begin babbling on and on about all kinds of ideas, look at the actual long term results. If someone is telling you how to live, how is that working out for them over the long haul? If they are telling you how to parent, or handle marriage, or your money or your business or your career, how did that work out for others who did it? Did it bring joy or sorrow? Success or failure? Stability or instability? We don’t have to wonder. We have a litmus test for knowing if something is actually wise or not, and Jesus summed it up perfectly and deeply. Wisdom is justified by all her children. May God bless you today. I’m Doug Apple.

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