Authored by Lou Geense

Read: Eph. 4:11-16.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  1 Cor. 1:30

As I watch people trying to navigate what it means to comply with government restrictions due to COVID-19, I often think of the word wisdom. Watching people demonstrate or demanding what they want or believe they can demand based on rights, more often I think of the words “lack of wisdom.”

As followers of Jesus, it is important to pursue wisdom. I believe you have to want wisdom. As believers if you want wisdom, you have to want Jesus. Today’s verses from Ephesians are more clear when connected to the verse from 1 Corinthians. God wants us to become mature, “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” So, I need to want to grow mature in Christ. And the next question is: How much do I want to do that? How serious am I about growing in Christ—having a relationship with Christ that fills my whole life?

Some of these realities can be a sharp “wake up” call in my spiritual life. I may discover that the reason I am not growing in faith is not because God has abandoned me but because I am holding back in my relationship with Christ. Do I really desire the wisdom that God wants for me? Could it be that to not want wisdom is to not want God?

Conversely, it is heart-warming to know that wisdom actually begins with God. He wants us to have wisdom, and he has created us with the desire for it. We need to cultivate that desire, and God, by His spirit helps us even in doing that for the sake of Jesus.

Are we ready to work with God, then, to grow in wisdom?

Lord, please put the desire for Godly wisdom deep in my heart. Give me a heart and mind to do the work of growing up in you so that I may be wise in all that I do. Amen


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