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Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.”

We are often shortsighted in our judgments. At first, we view a thing to be good. But, in the end, the fruit of such a decision would be catastrophic. Some try to reinvent what has been tried and true. Others take a different path altogether.

Those who are enamored with possessions will do whatever it takes to get them. Most often, going into great debt only to find that they didn’t quite bring the pleasure they had sought. 

Others will go from flower to flower in their relationships, trying to find what is only gotten through commitment and investment. Growing up through the sixties generation here in America, we witnessed several slogans lived out. 

“If it feels good, do it.”

And we did.

“Challenge Authority”

And they did.

And we have reaped a whirlwind because of it. 

In our day and age, today’s media has bombarded our youth with more information than is humanly possible to process. If we look at churches today, we can apply Jesus’ principle; “But wisdom is justified of all her children.”

Many can agree on this statement:

“The fruit of a Christian is another Christian.”

Logical thinking would take the next step to say:

“The fruit of a local, New Testament, Bible-believing church is another local, New Testament, Bible-believing church.”

The ability of the church to reproduce herself comes from her foundation. 

Is she evangelistic? 

Are we making disciples through teaching, training, and mentoring those to know the biblical foundations of ‘why’ we believe what we believe?

Are we maintaining the body, keeping her healthy through foundational truths, and practical teaching that inspires, convicts, and motivates?

Is she reaching those that the world seems to have forgotten; the poor, the homeless, the orphaned, the grieving, those in jail, and the addicted?

Jesus’ words remind us to consider the legacy we are leaving. Parents view their children in that manner. As a grandparent, I look at my grandchildren, wondering what they will have to face and how I can best help them to be prepared without overstepping their parent’s authority. 

Even when adult children make choices that are not what we would have liked, the approach to such thing limits the opportunity to minister to them. Unsolicited advice often goes unheeded and may close the door to future opportunities as well.

The church needs to look at her legacy as well. Decades may pass without much fanfare, but, is there growth? Are there new churches to be started? Are missions healthy to fulfill the Great Commission to reach the world in generations to come?

Wisdom is truly justified by her children. The hardest part is that only time will reveal whether or not the choices we make will bear the right fruit. It would make sense to look to the ways of others and learn from their decisions. 

Better yet, to learn from the One who has seen the end from the beginning and follow His lead. God’s promises for the right fruit cannot go awry. He will see to it.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

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