We have been talking about building a God-honoring life on A Work Of Grace over the last several weeks. When I was younger, I had no idea what wisdom was all about. I grew up in what was referred to as a Christian home. However, the fruit that grew from that home did not prove this. Looking back, I can see that lack of wisdom was a huge proponent of the destruction of what was in that home. I have taught my kids from a very early age to seek Godly wisdom. I had no idea what that would look like at that time, but now…well, I am so thankful that I did that! So often, we fall into the lie that our kids are just not ‘smart enough’ to have wisdom. This can’t be further from the truth. Can I encourage you today to start inviting your kids to seek God’s wisdom? Even if they are toddlers…are tiny babes. Speak this truth to them! To help you, I am writing this post, 2 Transforming Applications for Building Wisdom, and offering a special challenge for you and your family.
I want my kids to understand that their entire life – their speech, habits, character, time, priorities, what they watch or read – should be built around the wisdom of God. Every decision we make ought to be determined by Godly wisdom. In order to teach this truth effectively, I must be living this myself. Here are 2 basic applications to live this out.
1. God’s promises lead the way to renewal.
2. Wisdom is completely in my control.
Let’s take a closer look.
In order to tap into God’s wisdom, we must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This really is a ‘given’. However, the problem is when Christians get stuck in the infant stage of faith. This is the Christian who gets upset over even the smallest of things. Like a real baby who cries whenever he or she wants something. Infant Christians need to be handled with kid gloves, easily offended with the slightest of slights.
Infant Christians remember the wrongs they have suffered. Even if it has been years. They do not understand the concept of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Baby Christians put up a good front at church, but at home, it’s a completely different story. At church, she is the sweetest lady there is. But at home, she is sour. Maybe she is patient at church and at home she is explosive. At church, always positive, at home, always grumbling. Politeness rules at church, while gossiping rules at home.
Christians who are not maturing in their faith are receivers instead of givers. Church attendance is for consuming, not serving. They always ask “What’s in it for me?”.
We Have What We Need
However, just like human babies are born with all they need to develop into functioning adults (like walking, talking, eating, etc), Christian babies also have all that they need in order to develop into wise, mature Christians. We have the ability to live a life that God desires for us to live. We have what we need for Godliness IF we make every effort to mature.
The problem here is that so many of us are still babes in Christ – even after 20 years – when in reality, we need to step it up. We have not made every effort. Maybe no effort at all. We still need to be coddled and held.
The biggest hindrance to developing Godliness is the lack of biblical literacy. If we want to become wise, then we absolutely must raise our scriptural literacy. God’s wisdom ought to be in every single aspect of my life. Not just in the areas that are comfortable. If we do not build up on our knowledge, then we will be ineffective.
Maybe you are wondering HOW you can build you scriptural literacy…well, you are in the right place!
1. Read it! Goodness knows we read everything else that is put in front of eyes. How much time do you spend scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, reading posts, watching videos, etc.? Technology is great – I love it! When you are sitting in a waiting room, get out your phone and READ.
2. Study it! It’s not enough to just read it. We must study it. It’s easy enough to get a bunch of head knowledge, but when we study it, His word begins to be rooted in our hearts. Besides, it is so fascinating looking up word meanings – I have learned so much just from doing that! If you need help studying God’s word, start with my Bible Study on John (PS – Black Friday sale begins on the 24th! See my shop page for details).
3. Meditate on it! Take time to focus on what He is saying to you through His word. Make cards and posters to keep in your purse or on your fridge as reminders of His truth.
4. Memorize it! OK, this is the most difficult one for me. But we need to find out how we memorize. Some people memorize right away. While others need to put it in song form or use art to help us remember. Whatever it is, figure it out and use it to your benefit. ScriptureTyper is a great app to use! I need someone to keep me accountable on this one – any takers?
5. Live It! Live out His word. Need I say more?
The Word is alive in us through Jesus Christ and this list is the mark of a life ruled by Godly wisdom.
There isn’t much in this world that we have control over, but how much wisdom we have is one of them. If I am not growing in wisdom, it is no one else’s fault but my own. The question is whether or not we will each take responsibility for our choices or not.
Solomon had the opportunity to ask God for anything, anything at all, and God promised to give it to him. So, what does he ask for?
And God blessed him with so much wisdom! I am grateful for that wisdom because I get to soak up every bit of it through His word.
Asking God for His wisdom should be at the very top of our prayer life. If you haven’t been asking Him for His wisdom, start now. And encourage your kids to start asking God for wisdom, even if they are toddlers! I started training my kids to ask for His wisdom when they were very young. I am reaping the fruit of that today.
So, are you ready to join me in a challenge?
There are 31 chapters in Proverbs. One for each day in December. Every day (or almost every day), read one chapter. Before reading, ask God to let one verse sift to the top. God’s word is active and living, there should be at least one verse in every chapter that will resonate with you. Let that verse take hold of your heart. Write it down. Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Live it.
Then text it to someone. Or hop on to the AWOG facebook group page and share with all of us (to gain access, subscribe to my newsletter to get the link). Or share it verbally. You can also tweet it or IG it! The ideas are endless. Just share it somehow with someone.
When the 31 days is over, read through your list of verses. Ask God for one verse out of those 31 to be the banner over your life in 2018.
To help you with this, I have created a FREE PDF with a master checklist, scripture cards for you to write on and larger cards for the final verse. I’d love for you to do this as a family, so I created sets for husbands/teen boys, teen girls, and younger children. At the end of the PDF, I also made a printable poster of the 5 steps to Biblical literacy mentioned above.
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