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We need wisdom to succeed in life. Without wisdom, it is unlikely to pursue and finally fulfill our purpose in life. As we live, work, and do business in this complex, ever changing, and competitive world of the 21st C, it is questionable to succeed without employing wisdom. Those who succeeded and enjoyed life to the full were those who developed and refined their wisdom.
However, we don’t need wisdom just to benefit individually.We should also serve the world using our wisdom. The world is in desperate need of your wisdom.
When we study the Bible, there were great wise men and women who served Kingdoms with their wisdom. I am sure that some names have already popped up in your mind. Let me just give you one example. King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to recruit some wise men to serve in his Kingdom. He asked the chief official to present some of the recruits to test them. The Bible says, “He found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service.” That wasn’t enough: “In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” (Daniel 1: 19 – 20)
Unfortunately, many of us think acquiring wisdom is less important. Considering the amount of time and energy we put into other spiritual activities such as praying, fasting, giving, serving and so on, we have given attaining wisdom almost no attention. We’re committed to serve and change the world positively. We Christians suppose to be light and salt to the world.
Sadly, the results on the ground tell a different story. We’re ridiculed, marginalized, considered irrelevant, labeled as judgmental, and out of touch. We’re thrown out from almost every crucial sector, and they trodden us under their feet. And the latter was Jesus’ prediction. Jesus warned more than two thousand years ago, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5: 13)
Jesus had reasons to forewarn his people about the consequences of being irrelevant (lack of saltiness). Lack of wisdom was one of the frustrations of Jesus against his own people. Jesus conceded, “For the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16: 8)
Nonetheless, Jesus didn’t just criticize. He imparted his wisdom to his followers. Here is one of his wise advices: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10: 16)
In conclusion, I encourage you to spend some time to pray and seek God’s guidance as you work on your wisdom. If you’re committed to invest your scarce time, energy, and resources in search of wisdom, I prophesy that, wherever you’re working, doing business and/or ministering now, they won’t find anyone equal to your wisdom. You’ll excel the devil and his cohorts, your competitors, challengers, and critics more than ten fold! Your future is bright, and you have a glorious destiny…
In the coming few editions of Restorers Connector, we will emphasis the significance of wisdom and discernment in our Christian life. We also specifically discuss what Jesus meant when he said ‘be wise like serpents and innocent like doves’. Which features from these two creatures we should adopt? And many more…
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