Who To Receive Counsel From
- Matthew 11:19 “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”
- Luke 7:35 “But wisdom is justified of all her children.”
Our texts come from when Jesus and John the Baptist were criticized roughly by the Pharisees. Although Jesus’ and John the Baptist’s presentation of themselves was different, the gospel they preached was not. And in truth, Jesus nor John the Baptist presented themselves badly. The Pharisees were simply trying to find ways to discredit the men and their message. However, the product of their message is how to prove whether these men were correct or not. Wisdom is justified of her children. Jesus and John the Baptist claimed to have truth and live truth, but how would their message affect those who practiced it? Of course, the evidence was clear. Harlots, infidels, alcoholics, and the demon-possessed were rescued, saved, and cleansed from their wicked, filthy lives. People were changed, and they were changed for the better. Wisdom is justified of her children.
Dear reader, you and I need counsel. But, at the same time, we can not simply ask counsel of just anyone. So who do you ask? Well, according to our texts, “wisdom is justified of her children” and not just some of her children but Luke 7:35 is quoted as saying “all her children.”
You and I must seek biblical counsel from those whose marriage has stood the test of time and whose offspring have not departed from the truth. Who springs up from the preacher’s ministry? Is it servants for God’s work and soulwinners or simply money makers? Is the church a producer of strong, lasting homes or a destroyer of homes? How do the “children” of these ministries and counselors look? Could they be easily mistaken for the world or for Christ? These are very important questions that need answered. You and I need biblical counsel. So, who are we getting it from? What is the fruit of their counsel?