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Summary: It is the simple things of the Christian life that determine our spiritual success. It is often the simplest wisdom that also pays the greatest dividends. It’s not rocket science!

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Real Life Wisdom

(Proverbs 24:27-34)

1. Everyone has to make judgment calls, using what wisdom they have.

2. Take an event that happened this week. It raises the question “Where’s the Beef?”

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A bull escaped from a Philadelphia slaughterhouse and lead police on a nearly 5-mile chase through the city, including a visit to a high school. The owner of the Saba Live Poultry meat processing facility in the Kensington neighborhood said the 550-pound bull escaped from a truck outside the plant about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The bull paid a brief visit to Kensington High School. "He stopped at the doors and looked at his reflection in the glass, then ran toward Thompson Street," witness Pete Colon said.

The bull ended up on Interstate 95, where he was photographed by shocked commuters. The bovine was eventually cornered near the Interstate 676-95 interchange and was euthanized by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

"Due to public safety issues and being in Center City Philadelphia, I was directed by a captain of the police department to assist them in putting the animal down for public safety reasons. We generally don't do this. We're wildlife officers, but in an extreme situation, an emergency situation, for public safety, we chose to put it down," game Officer Jerry Czech told WPVI-TV.

3. The police Captain used wisdom in making the choice, I believe.

Main idea: It is the simple things of the Christian life that determine our spiritual success. It is often the simplest wisdom that also pays the greatest dividends. It’s not rocket science!

I. PREPARE Before You Engage (27)

A. The temptation: to DIVE into commitments and worry about details later.

1. Sometimes God calls people to do just that (Abraham).

2. Without a clear call, spontaneous change is often risky.

3. Jesus’ Midrash: Count the cost!

Luke 14:28-31, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

B. Complex events require a SEQUENCE of prep steps

C. Pictures both a HOME and a HOUSE

1. Get SITUATED before starting a family.

2. First, get the FARM going and productive, then marry.

3. PLAN, acquire supplies, and orchestrate building a house.

It’s not rocket science!

II. Follow The Golden Rule, Not the LEAD Rule (28-29).

A. Speaking up in controversy: Is it NECESSARY and is it TRUE (28)

B. The Lead Rule is the rule of SPITE (29)

A woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist, "Paint me with diamond rings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach, and gold Rolex."

"But you are not wearing any of those things," he replied.


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