Living Life As God Intended – by Intention
I had a thought the other day. I know that it could have been caused by bad pizza, but it seemed profound to me. Here it goes…
The ability to do all that we are capable of doing is wrapped up in our DNA from the time of conception. Of course, this does not guarantee that we will achieve our fullest potential, and who is to judge that but God? In similar fashion, the ability to be all that we can be in Christ is already in us by virtue of the DNA of God (Christ in us, the hope of glory; the Holy Spirit living in us). To achieve the fullness of God’s intended plan for us is not determined by an accident of birth, but requires our acknowledgement (awareness) of the fact that we are truly a new creation in Christ. We can be and do all that he desires us to be and do through him; if we have the correct guidance in what is healthy and appropriate action, develop strong discipline, make a conscious effort at good choices and maintain loving relationships in spite of failures along the way (inevitable consequences of living). In other words, living life fully requires wisdom!
A Simple Testimony
Shortly after I opened my heart to the Lord at age 12, I met with my Pastor Lee Speakman. He instructed me to develop some disciplines that would become lifelong pursuits. He stated that in order to grow in one’s faith, there were four primary building blocks requiring daily attention; reading the word of God, prayer, fellowship and witnessing. I took these concepts to heart and began diligently and consistently to lay these building blocks down in my life.
The book of the bible that intrigued me the most was the book of Proverbs. I heard a sermon on the prayer of Solomon. He asked the Lord for wisdom rather than riches and power, it was a prayer gladly granted by the Lord. After hearing this message, I too prayed the prayer of Solomon. Following Solomon’s early example, I pursued God with the hope of avoiding his later lifestyle by learning to practice what I would eventually preach, while enjoying the blessings of God (see Ecclesiastes 3).
Well, I wish I could say I avoided the follies of youth based solely on my prayer, but I made my fair share of blunders. Yet, by the grace of God, I have learned a few things and have gained an appreciation for the simple act of submitting to the word of God. Developing a proper understanding of the word helped me to avoid early folly.
What is Wisdom?
Wisdom is defined as the quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion, sagacity (the quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted), skill; dexterity.
I define wisdom from a biblical perspective, for the bible states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding, and we must seek it (see Proverbs 3:13-14; 4:7; 15:14…). Thus, from a biblical perspective wisdom is knowledge, or the accumulation of truth. This leads to understanding, or the “I know what to do,” added to application or activation = I do what I can and should do, or I live by faith in God and his word. Another way to state this is that wisdom is to do what God wants, which is generally revealed in the word of God, and more specifically revealed as we walk in daily faith, led by the Holy Spirit. It is not one or the other, either the word or the Spirit; but it is both the word and the Spirit. Both the word and the Spirit are needed to live the Christian life fully and joyfully.