Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 30, 2011
“We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
Christ is the wisdom of God, so to know Him is to know and understand godly wisdom. The life of Jesus illustrates for us wisdom and His teaching educates us in wisdom. It’s in relationship with God the Son that Christians are able to grow in godly wisdom. The source of wise counsel is found in Christ—like pure water bubbles from the crevice of a remote mountain rock, so God’s living water of truth flows from the heart of Jesus.
Because wisdom starts with Jesus, it is necessary to first enter into a personal relationship with Christ. The Holy Scriptures declare a Savior who is looking to love all those who come to Him in faith and repentance. Salvation in Jesus Christ is the first step required to obtain His wisdom. Fear of God leads to faith in God—which can then access the wisdom of God. So, have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ? If so you are very wise.
“Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15b).
Since we have access to wisdom through faith in Jesus, then it is wise to lean into understanding His ways. We can anticipate—like a starved man or woman coming off of a ten-day hunger strike—we have a smorgasbord of truth at our disposal. His wisdom is rich in relational nutrients, financial nourishment and emotional energy. Your Savior Jesus is not stingy with His counsel—He liberally gives wisdom to those He loves.
As the personification of wisdom we look and see a man who unconditionally loved people. He loved the rich and the poor—He loved all races—He loved male and female alike—He loved city folks and country dwellers—the educated and uneducated felt His fierce love—Kings and commoners did not escape His all-consuming compassion. Jesus, the all-wise one, initiated conversations of wisdom—He went to the people with wisdom.
Who in your circle of influence is hungry for you to love by passing on to them the wisdom of Christ? Once you discover His freeing truth, you are responsible to pay it forward by faith to other hungry hearts. Lead people to the waters of Christ’s wisdom and they will never thirst again. Not only do you give a cup of wisdom in Jesus’ name, but you show them how to draw from the deep well of His wisdom. Jesus is the wisdom of God.
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
How can I grow to better know Christ by gaining His wisdom found in the Holy Scriptures?
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