I was thinking in the shower (some people sing in the shower; I think) earlier today about collecting and amassing wisdom over time. You know, logically, it makes the most sense to amass wisdom because having wisdom will help guide you in your walk. I recognize there can be many other motives for having wisdom, mine included.
I was thinking about one of the guys I have discipled in the past, how he will probably surpass me in his collective spiritual wisdom. I truly respect his surrender to God, and I am willing to submit that I think he has a solid relationship with Jesus than I do. However, I had an inkling of a thought; that in order to “stay ahead of the game,” I need to keep amassing wisdom — stay ahead of him or something. I think the motivating thought was something along the lines of, “in five years, I want to be able to continue sharing wisdom with this guy. Therefore, I can’t fall behind him. I need to know more.” After I reflected a little bit more (only about 15 seconds considering how quickly our brains process thought and cognition), I realize how skewed that is from God’s ideal standard. While my earthly/flesh self urges me to amass wisdom for my own provision, God offers us wisdom as a result of our surrender. Our lives are fashioned and refined like iron the more we repent and put off our fleshly desires.
In layman terms, reasons why we might want to amass wisdom:
World: benefit ourselves, expand ourselves
God: walking righteously. complete surrender
We’ve been going over Ephesians in our Men’s bible study every tuesday, a time I cherish week. Everything Paul talks about in this book of the new testament is to help guide the church of Ephesus to walk in the light (Ephesians 5:8-10).
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
Ephesians is the equivalent of an advice column in a newspaper editorial. There’s advice given to wives/husbands, parents/children, slaves/masters, and Paul ends the entire book with a passage about putting on the armor of God. And you know the final point Paul ends with right? Love is the greatest of these. We submit to God, and honor the relationships we are given, showing love to all these people around us, because we were first served by God himself. We walk in the light (led by the wisdom we’ve received) not because it’s the right way to live, but because we want to love as we have loved. So, if I were to rewrite the reasons for amassing wisdom, this is what I’d say.
World: Loving myself
God: Love God, Love people
In conclusion, I’ll echo some of the lyrics from one of the more popular christian songs out there right now – For King and Country’s The Proof of Your Love
“If I speak God’s word with power, revealing all of His mysteries and making everything as plain as day, and if I have faith to say to a mountain jump and it jumps but I don’t love I’m nothing. “