DAY 350 OF 365 IN 2021


Luke 7:24-25 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, 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

When a person walks out the doors of their home, there is often a destination in mind. If to buy meat, they may be headed out to the butchers, if to fix their hair, perhaps the salon. Once an intention is established, it only makes sense that they gravitate towards such a location.

It sounds counter intuitive to go to the butchers when the reason for exiting your property was to get clothes. Therefore, Jesus’ question to his audience ought to get is thinking along similar lines as the analogy above : ‘what did you do to the wilderness to see?’ In other words, what was your intention for that move?

We can think of this in relation to board games like chess where every move is made with a purpose – to act as bait, a decoy or a sacrificial piece to achieve a better end goal. Every move we make then also has to be with intent. There was something specific to be sought in the wilderness, not a man in luxury clothing or a stalk in the wind, but someone else.

Beloved, let’s not move just because we can, or act because we must,  rather because we have a destination to move towards.


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