Deeper Day 253: Wisdom from the Spirit

Today I ran across this scripture. I’ve read it many times over, but it really resonated with me today.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak to God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him”- but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit Who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

There is so much truth in this portion of scripture, it’s hard to know what to focus upon.

I have frequently wondered why it seems that so many people are acting from a blatant lack of wisdom. But here I am reminded that wisdom comes from the Lord, and the lost see it as foolishness. They can’t understand many things, so what are we believers to do? Continue to cave into their earthly demands and chaos? Continue to placate them by just going along to get along?

Absolutely not! If we have any love for the lost then we will set ourselves in a firm foundation of the Truth, and let our lives serve as an example to the world. It’s not about picket signs and pointing out sin in everyone around us. On the contrary, it’s about letting your life speak the truth. God in you will draw others to His heart and eventually repentance. You shouting them down will never work. You standing haughtily above and declaring they are vipers going to hell, isn’t gonna save their souls. But, as God told us, it’s His kindness that leads to repentance.

When I was living a wayward life, it wasn’t the accusers that led me back to Jesus, it was the ones who loved me in spite of my sin. It truly was. I had several key people enter my life and stand next to me. They simply and practically loved me. They were a huge part of my transformation, and to them I will always be grateful.

How does your life speak? Does it draw others closer to His heart?

Prayer Moment: God, help me to live a life that draws others to Your heart. Teach me how to love in action. Help me to maintain a humble heart as I share with others. God, only You can transform a life. Continue to transform me. Help me draw others to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.