“And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?”
You would think that anyone who saw the works of Jesus would be happy that lives were being changed, but not the scribes and Pharisees. The scribes and Pharisees were the biggest critics of Jesus Christ, and it didn’t matter how much good He did, all they could do was twist his words and works in an attempt to destroy Him.
In the verse above, the scribes and Pharisees “saw him eat with publicans and sinners…” Immediately they saw their opportunity to destroy the Saviour. These self-righteous, egotist, scribes and Pharisees criticized the Saviour’s desire to help the publicans and sinners to overcome the sin that was destroying their eternity and lives, but they didn’t care because they hated the Saviour. The scribes and Pharisees were being driven by hate, and you will always find wrong with someone when hate and anger is the driving force of your intentions. Yes, the Pharisees tried to spin their evil intentions by saying they were doing right, but their intentions were jealousy, bitterness and hate, which drove them to become evil in their actions. Let me point out several observations from the verse above.
First, Jesus wasn’t sitting and condemning them, but he was trying to help them. You mustn’t ever become a person whose life is driven by criticizing others for helping a fallen brother or a sinner. Your life should epitomize the Saviour’s who went about doing good, and the good that He did was to help those whose lives were broken by sin.
Second, Jesus was the one being condemned for trying to help sinners. It doesn’t matter how good your intentions may be; evil will always come your way when you do good. Always remember that the more good you do, the more Satan will use people to be evil towards you.
Third, critics judge perception because they don’t know your heart. You cannot allow the criticism of the critic to change your actions because the critic doesn’t know your true heart. You must understand that it doesn’t matter what you do; your critic will always criticize because they are a critic, and a critic is driven by anger and jealousy. Critics will never see the good in criticized’s actions because of their evil hearts. You could heal the sick, raise the dead, cause the blind to see, make the deaf to hear, help the lame to walk, bring peace to the world, and give the cure for cancer, but the critic will criticize every one of these actions because of the evil intent of their heart. You cannot let the evil heart of the critic change your heart. You know why you are helping people, and you must not let the evil actions of another change your heart to become evil towards the critic.
Fourth, never let the critic’s attacks divert you from doing the work God sent you to do. The whole reason that Satan is attacking you through criticism is because he is trying to get you to stop doing the works that God is blessing. My friend, you must realize that God knows what others are doing to you and saying about you, and you must let Him take care of them while you continue to do your work. The best thing you can do when the critics attack, malign, and falsely accuse you is to continue to do the works of God. As much as you want to respond to the critics, your response must be to do good. The best response to attacks and criticism is Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”