Summary: Wisdom is not only your calling – it is your gift.
How To Know What To Do - When You Don’t Know What To Do
Series on Wisdom - #2
OPEN: So last week we started a discussion on the topic of wisdom, which we are going to continue this morning. How many of you remember anything from what we said last week? (how many of you remember what you had for breakfast this morning?) Last week we said that God’s people are called to live by a new standard – What is the wise thing for me to do? In light of my past – in light of my present circumstances – and in light of my future hopes and dreams – What is the wise thing for me to do? Not what is morally permissible – not what can I get away with because it isn’t specifically addressed in the Bible – not what is the standard my culture has adopted – and not what is acceptable by the people who surround me – but what is the wise thing for me to do? - in light of my unique past – in light of my present circumstances and in light of my future hopes and dreams. We started this discussion because of what we discovered in our study through the book of Ephesians: A Christian’s life is be characterized by wisdom – not foolishness.
Wisdom is not only your calling – it has been your gift. Check out this verse we looked at when we started our study in Ephesians: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, Along with redemption, along with forgiveness, along with grace which he lavished upon us – he says he has given to us wisdom and understanding and has made known the mystery of his will. In fact, every one born into this world comes in with a terminal state of congenital foolishness, otherwise known as the sin nature. That's how it is. Man is born a fool. Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.” Man is born in a state of foolishness. But when we are reborn – you are born into a state of wisdom. As you have been gifted with God with wisdom - the command is then “walk in it” We are commanded to walk worthy – we are commanded to walk in unity – we are commanded to live as children of light – and we are commanded to walk in wisdom.
Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Christians are to live lives that reflect wisdom and not foolishness. Now notice that Paul is making a contrast between two different kinds of lifestyle. What are they? A foolish life and a wise life. Don’t live as unwise but a wise – don’t be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. OK so Scripture says we’ve been gifted with wisdom and understanding – we are command to walk in wisdom and we are to avoid making foolish decisions and mistakes – so that settles it, right? Decisions should be easy at this point, right? Knowing what to do in every circumstance should come easy for us of us – shouldn’t it? I mean we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, a Holy Spirit who guides us, a Gentle Shepherd who calls us, and the Word of God which instructs us and we still end up making really dumb decisions? Why is that?