God’s Word: Luke 20: 20-26
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
How much of your life is spent pandering? You pander when you say or do what someone expects of you even though it is against your better judgment. Many people rise to popularity by pandering to what the crowds want. (The crowds, after all, are the ones who pad their pockets.) Not so with Jesus and His followers. When questioned His answers were always honest and straightforward and He pandered to no one. His life’s goal was to teach the way of God accurately. Therefore, He used wisdom as He answered probing questions. You should take a lesson from Him.
“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” You can answer questions until you are blue in the face and still not satisfy the one who questions. Jesus was able to determine when questions were asked out of honest inquiry or simply to trip Him up. In this passage the question were meant to trip him up. He understood what they were trying to do so turned the tables on them with a question of his own. He didn’t pander to their questions, instead took control of the conversation and threw the ball back in their court.
Do not get the reputation of being argumentative—even for My sake. You can’t do something that is wrong, for a righteous reason. You cannot convince someone your way is “right” by arguing with them. Jesus didn’t argue! He let the words and deeds of His life argue His case before the world. And consider the legacy that He left on the earth? That is the example I want you to follow. Do not pander to people but give them honest and straightforward answers—using My gift of wisdom in a calm and meek spirit.
God’s Question: Is your life a testimony to Jesus teachings?
God’s Promise: If you ask Me for wisdom I will surely give it.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for Jesus example of not pandering.
I am Sorry I don’t always call on You for wisdom.
Thank You for the honor of being Your ambassador.
Please help me faithfully represent You to my world.