Thursday, November 30, 2017

Growing in Wisdom

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

An ancient story tells of a man that searched diligently for the wisest person in the world. When asked asked how he became so wise, the sage responded, “I know that I always need more wisdom.”

I feel that way too. Don’t you? No matter your how much of God’s wisdom you have, there’s room for more, and we should hunger for it. The good news is there always more available to us. That’s why Peter said we should keep growing in the knowledge of Christ. The more we know Him - the more we are conformed to His image - our wisdom increases,  as does our holiness and our godliness. 

Do you want more of God’s wisdom? It won’t come passively, you know. You must GO FOR IT! But how?

Start with worship. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” [Proverbs 9.10]. Make a point of gathering with others in the Lord’s house regularly [see Hebrews 10.25]. And just as importantly, have a worshipful heart each and every day.

Add to that, prayer. James wrote, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask for it from God, the One who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” [James 1.5]. Asking God for wisdom one time isn’t enough. Make it a continual request.

Furthermore, be open to godly instruction. Part of our Christian fellowship is to encourage and edify each other. That’s why Paul told the Colossian Christ followers to “admonish and teach every man with all wisdom” [Colossians 1.28]. We become wiser when we receive instruction from someone who is wise.

Finally, study the Bible. Paul told Timothy to “work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who accurately handles the word of truth” [2 Timothy 2.15]. Make the study of Scripture a priority. That is the main way the Holy Spirit teaches you.

The wiser we are, the more we will be like Christ. Growing in wisdom means growing in Christlikeness.

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3.18

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