Matthew: Who You Become Matters

Matthew 12:22-37


In Matthew 12:22-37, Jesus addresses the significance of our words and actions, emphasizing that they reflect our true character and inner values. This passage begins with Jesus healing a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, an act that astonishes the crowd. However, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul. Jesus responds by explaining the importance of integrity and the dangers of hypocrisy, ultimately highlighting that who we become is vital to our spiritual journey. Jesus cares deeply about our transformation and the purity of our hearts.

Discussion Questions:

1. In Matthew 12:22-24, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul. How does Jesus’ response to their accusation challenge us to reflect on the motives behind our judgments of others?

2. Jesus says in Matthew 12:33, “A tree is recognized by its fruit.” How can we apply this metaphor to our daily lives to ensure that our actions align with the character we aspire to have?

3. In verses 34-35, Jesus speaks about the heart being the source of good or evil actions. What steps can we take to cultivate a heart that produces good, rather than evil?

4. Jesus warns in Matthew 12:36-37 that people will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. How does this warning influence the way we communicate with others?

5. Reflecting on the sermon theme that “who you become matters,” what practical changes can you make in your life to become more like the person Jesus wants you to be?