Matthew 11:18-19 (NLT)
18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
John the Baptist was in prison and heard about the things Jesus was doing. So the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus to ask if He was the Messiah or should they expect someone else. Jesus told them to take back word of what they had observed to John and then He began to speak to the crowd about the work of John the Baptist and compliment him. Then Jesus turned in his conversation and explained it didn’t matter what was seen on the outside of someone’s life there would always be someone critical of their actions.
We should not be quick to judge others for we cannot clearly see the goodness or faults of our own self. Conversely we should not be so quick to judge ourselves by the words of others because they also have been clouded in their perception. John the Baptist and Christ demonstrated two different ways of serving God. John held to strict disciplines; he lived in the wilderness; he isolated himself; and his dress did not keep in style with others. There were people who accepted his teachings and there were those who did not. Jesus conversed with many types of people and did not display a cold and hard nature like John. Instead Jesus was easily accessible, not afraid to be in the company of others, and would attend feasts with either the strict religious leaders or the politicians of the day. Yet there were those who accepted his teachings and there were those who did not. Jesus, the Son of God, complimented John for his work, because Jesus understood both were doing the will of The Father. It is more important to follow the will of God than to follow the desires of others. Who have you been following? Have you been trying to live by others opinions or by what God would have you do? Pray you would not focus on what others say about you, but instead focus on God’s desire for your life. Pray to do God’s will and live a life pleasing to Him.