READ LUKE 7:24–30
Imagine that the famous nineteenth-century evangelist D. L. Moody came forward in time to speak at your church. You hear he’s certainly different, and that’s evident in his appearance and way of speaking. Still, the church is filled. Could it be because Mr. Moody is different from your usual minister? Whatever it is, you realize that his message is really very similar to that of your preacher.
John the Baptist attracted a large audience, but what did they expect to see? Jesus asked a rhetorical question.
“What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces” (Luke 7:25).
Did they come out to see John for his appearance or to hear his message? Jesus proclaimed John’s true identity as a prophet (Luke 7:26), but many did not understand that.
Have you ever encountered an appealing but different type of Christian speaker? While people, like those who heard John the Baptist, are often attracted to someone who takes a different approach, the message from God is what truly matters. The goal is reaching the lost for Christ and encouraging believers.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me discern the right message when I hear it.