Choosing Wisdom From Above

James 3:13-18; “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”(RSV)

Do you remember the soldier who is guarding the chalices in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? He says to the German officer, “Choose wisely”. But of course, the officer chooses the wrong cup (made of gold and very ornate). He drinks the life-giving water from the cup and is immediately destroyed. Then it’s Indiana’s turn. He chooses the unassuming cut made from Clay. After Indiana drinks from the cup, the elderly guard says “You have chosen wisely”.

Would I have chosen the clay cup? Maybe. In my younger days probably not. Wisdom is not one of my strong suits. That’s why I ask God for it so often in my prayers. I think wisdom is a gift that a person is given to enable them to visualize something that is not produced because of a past experience. One definition in my dictionary states that wisdom is the ‘ability to discern inner qualities and relationships.’ Of course, another is ‘learning (knowledge)’. I do know one thing for sure; I was and am very wise in choosing Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

God has given us the ability to choose. Choose whether we believe in Him or not. If we choose to believe that God is the Creator, then we must choose to follow Him or not. We must choose to believe that He sent Jesus in the form of a human being to save us by telling us the Truth. So we continue to choose, again and again. If we choose wisely, the end result will be Eternal Life in the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

According to James in the above reading, we receive and use wisdom from either the world or from God. We must choose which one we will serve.

Bill Sexton

Joshua 24:15; “…..But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (RSV)

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