Friday, November 19, 2010

Some People are Never Satisfied

And the Lord said, “To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like?  They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:

‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
      We mourned to you,
And you did not weep.’ 

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  But wisdom is justified by all her children.”  -Luke 7:31-35 (NKJV)

I heard a story about a man who went into a café one morning for breakfast.  The waitress asked him what he would like.  The man said, “I’d like two eggs, scrambled, but very runny, sausage links burnt and hard as a rock, toast burned to a crisp, and a cup of cold weak coffee.”  The puzzled waitress replied, “Sir, I don’t think we can fix a meal like that.”  “Why not?” the man said, “You had no trouble with it the other day when I was in here.” 

Do you ever get the feeling that some people are never satisfied with anything?  No matter what they get they still aren’t happy?  Unfortunately, there are such people all around us, and they often direct their unhappiness and criticisms toward Jesus Christ.  The Lord drove this point home when He spoke of John the Baptist.  John had come in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming the coming of the Lord and the need to be prepared for when the Lord would appear.  Some thought John was a true prophet, but others refused to heed his message.  Jesus said that they reminded Him of the way people so often are; they are never satisfied.  Jesus pointed out that John came eating no meat and drinking no wine and some accused him of being demon possessed.  Jesus came eating meals and having fellowship with sinners and yet He too was criticized.  How ironic that those who rejected John’s message then rejected Christ as well, calling Him a glutton and a friend of sinners.  

By faith we receive the message of God’s Word that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world.  By faith we receive Christ, and by faith we proclaim the message to a lost and hurting world.  Will they be pleased with the message?  Very often they will not, and they will make their indignation known.  But let us not be deterred, for the Lord has called us to go and share the Good News and make disciples. 

Do not be discouraged, but rejoice that the Lord is with us.  Without Christ we were among the troubled souls who were unhappy and perhaps blaming God.  Faith in Jesus Christ changes that perspective to one of vibrant and living hope.  Such hope is certain and will not disappoint us –  ever.

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