Sunday Sermonizing: Wisdom
A late night coffee conversation with my friend, discussing what it is we have to offer.
Sure, we’ve both got skills, experience, gifts, and abilities. Unique, professional skill sets. Skill sets that people pay for. Wisdom.
But wisdom should be qualified.
People in high places can elocute and execute. They can run businesses, large organizations, and countries. But leadership and wisdom don’t always align.
In fact, we live in a day of objective foolishness. And it doesn’t stop. I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel writing this while hearing a disparate stream of information about border walls, a lot of rain, a murder in Orlando, and a lost sheep (I kid you not). And that is just one possible source of information. Two clicks and I have news feeds, articles, stories, pictures, and more.
The best and the worst of the wisdom of man. Most of which is ridiculous. Some landing squarely in the theatre of the absurd.
And it’s available for everybody.
My friend and I talked some more. We came to this conclusion together:
We have one truly unique thing to offer, whether to kings or our family.
As we walk with God, we can offer the wisdom of God.
Sure, that sounds bold.
But it’s very real.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. - James 1:5
People can talk and make decisions. And, as often happens, talk and decide ourselves into a mess.
In the beginning was the Word. Wisdom created everything. We have the opportunity to walk with Him.
This seems like an unfair competitive advantage.
Wisdom is thinking long term. It’s thinking beyond ourselves. It’s recognizing the proper place of things like money, family, and your soul.
Wisdom prioritizes the things God prioritizes. It defines success. It gives us the ability to cut through the noise to what’s truly important.
And that’s farther more valuable than any skill we’ve learned over the years.
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? - 1 Corinthians 1:20