Many Christians are broken and beaten up in life. Some of us are battered in the workplace, in relationships, in finances, in career, and in many other areas. I shudder to think that the Christian life is a drag for many of us. If there’s any truth to this, why is it? What could possibly be the reason? I’ve never seen an expecting mother who wouldn’t in excitement prepare for her newborn’s arrival. Likewise for us, long before our parents thought of conceiving us, out of love, God provided all we’d ever need to live a whole and productive life on earth. (Ephesians 1:4)I doubt we would go past a day not having to make decisions. Wisdom (applied knowledge) is the backbone of every good decision. We may have information but be oblivious to when and how to apply the knowledge.
We have All the resources to live an Exceptional life In ChristIn fact, God provided all the natural resources man would ever need before He even created the first man (Gen 1: 1-31 ) He looked into our future and saw we would need chairs, houses, cars, planes, computers, food —and made the materials available. In the same way, at our spiritual birth, God provided spiritual blessings (spiritual raw materials) we’d ever need to be fruitful as Christians.( Ephesians 1:3) Spiritual blessings are key benefits of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. They include forgiveness of sin, freedom from guilt and shame, wisdom, insight, spiritual gifts, the power to live Holy, and the power to effect changes. We have all that’s necessary to live victorious, rich and fruitful lives II pet 1: 3. So clearly, every born again Christian has received these spiritual resources.
Why do we see fitful progress in many areas of our lives?If God provided everything we need to live whole lives, why do many Christian lives lackluster? I believe an uninspiring life abases the very life Jesus died for us to have. (John 10.10) It is at best a scorn to Christianity. Like Daniel, Joseph and Solomon in the Bible, God wants our lives to attract the unbelieving world to Christ even as we reflect God’s many-sided wisdom.
Trees to Chairs, a Dream to Economic stability, Knowledge to a Good Decision; What Does it Take?
‘’The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out’’ Proverbs 20:5Can you imagine the layers of work that went into converting trees to papers used to make books and chairs? The Iron ore to the steel used for cars, bridges, and building? Just as pressure was exerted and a series of iterative processes were responsible for the final result from most of our natural resources. Similarly, the spiritual blessings — talents, insights, special abilities— would require fine-tuning. Interestingly, as Christians, we have an advantage because we have the privilege to receive special transmissions from God on how to go about things. The Holy Spirit, the master strategist, aids us in converting these spiritual resources to something beneficial and relevant to our present needs. That’s why in his letter to Timothy, Paul reminds us to fan into flames the spiritual gifts that God has given us (2Timothy 1:6). The same way natural resources are mined, in our spiritual lives, we must exert some pressure drilling down into our minds, we must engage with these resources within us to refine them. We must resist the distraction and sit down for extended periods of time — not only surfing the internet— but refine our minds in studying the word of God, reading books, thinking deeply and being diligent to take necessary steps. That way we’ll be able to cut through our ‘’chaffs’’ to bring out our refined self. This is how we can leverage those spiritual resources to benefit our families, our society and the world at large.
‘’If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but Wisdom will bring success’’— Proverbs 10:10
How then Do We Get Wisdom?
It was Abraham Lincoln that said ‘’Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax”