From my reading in Luke 7:1-30 (and continuing to 35) in the One Year New Testament.
Jesus and John the Baptist had different styles of ministry. People said John the Baptist was possessed because he didn’t eat bread or drink wine and people said Jesus was a glutton and a drunkard and friend of tax collectors and sinners. Here’s Jesus response.
“But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” Luke 7:35
How can you recognize true wisdom?
By the changed lives of those who follow it. Other translations say wisdom is “justified by her children.”
Children in this instance means someone who looks to someone else as a father in the faith. Both Jesus and John the Baptist saw positive results in the lives of their followers. Lives were changed for the good and their messages were compatible.
The health of a church is not judged by the quality of it’s presentation but in the lives of the members.
If people are becoming more like Jesus and loving each other then very likely there is wise leadership in place. There will always be hypocrites and immature people in every church, but overall are people’s lives being changed by Jesus at your church?
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