The Actions Speak for Themselves
Read: MATTHEW 11:7-19
As a music school student, I heard time and time again, “No one cares about your degree, they care about how well you play.” This emphasis on proving capable as a bassist made me a pragmatist when introducing myself at auditions. I became careful to let my playing and reputation speak for me rather than build myself up and fall short during the gig.
Jesus developed a reputation. The gospels record the full range of opinions people expressed about him. Like many public figures, Jesus found himself on the receiving end of criticism. The criticisms and accusations, however, were patently false. In this passage from Matthew, Jesus speaks against the misperceptions of both John the Baptist and himself. To his critics he says, “Wisdom is proved right by her actions.” In other words, all talk aside, the evidence speaks for itself. I am who I say I am. The actions speak for themselves.
Redeemer God, I am grateful that you are not just who you say you are but who you have proven yourself to be, in the Gospels, and in my life. AMEN.