In Matthew 11 there is this moment when Jesus tells his disciples how great John the Baptist is. His assessment. “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist…”
Yet that is not the way the religious elite saw John. They claimed John was anything other than great.
Turning to his disciples Jesus said, “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
It’s a poignant observation Jesus makes about John and himself (The Son of Man). People see what they want to see. They form ideas about who we are, irrespective of the truth. Jesus point is that He and John were very different. John did not eat and drink so people said he was a demon. Jesus did the opposite and they saw Him as someone who was equally unrighteous.
How does Jesus respond?
He turns to his disciples and says, “but wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” In other words, let your actions speak for you. There are times when it doesn’t matter what we say. It doesn’t matter what the truth is. People will see what they want to see. We can’t control that, but we can continue to do what is right.
Remember who God says you are. Remember it is his assessment which matters most, and let wisdom be proved right by his or her deeds.