Luke 7:35 “Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
This statement’s a bit mysterious. Who are the children of wisdom? And how is she “vindicated?”
Wise decisions bear “children,” offspring or fruit that vindicate wisdom or prove those decisions wise. Consider though that as the outcomes of wisdom prove wisdom, so also do the outcomes of foolishness prove foolishness.
We all make bad decisions. Enough bad decisions prove us fools. When we make wise decisions, we’re proven wise.
At the fork of every opportunity is a wise option.
Sometimes, however, that wise option is in stark and direct contrast to a foolish decision we’ve made in the past. This becomes a crossroad. Proceeding down that path of wisdom is also to admit you were a fool.
No one likes to do that.
The Pharisees certainly didn’t. In verse 30, we learn that they “rejected the plan of God for themselves” because they “had not been baptized by (John).”
They chose to hold onto what they had done wrong (rejecting John’s baptism) instead of embracing what they could do (accept the plan of God for their lives.)
It’s a choice we all have to make. Do you want to hang on to and live with what you’ve done? Or do you want to live for what you can do?
There is a deeper truth hidden here, too. One of the many things that separates man from animal is the desire to be right.
I remember when I was trying to teach one of my sons how to dribble a basketball. The red-faced frustration he exhibited didn’t stem from the difficulty of the task, but the fact I was trying to correct him. “No, no. That’s not right” was countered with an angry, “Yes it is!” To give him some credit he was only about three. But his behavior at that young age proves the point: There’s something innate in us that longs to be right, even perfect. And the lack of this perfection or justification is a void that we should celebrate! Rejoice in that weakness! It testifies of a Creator with a plan to redeem us all, to justify us all, to perfect us all.
My son stubbornly refused to admit he was wrong and continued in his error. We’re all prone to that very pattern through our entire lives.
So what’s the key to living for what we can do rather than hanging on to what we’ve done?
Repentance is more than just changing what you’re doing. And it’s even more than letting go of what we’ve done to free us from the grip of the past. It’s also changing your mind, your view and your direction about where you’re going. At least in part, it is to no longer live with what you’ve done and to begin living for what you can do.
The void or vacuum to be right was no greater or less in the Pharisees than it is in you and me. We can unsuccessfully and artificially fill that void by living with the wrong we’ve done (claiming it was right), or we can repent, choose God’s plan and allow Christ to fill that vacuum with His righteousness.
Don’t miss it like the Pharisees in Luke 7. You don’t have to hang on to what you’ve done. Let it go, move on and begin living for what you can do.