Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Abiding in Christ - Day 7 - He is Your Wisdom

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” ~1 Corinthians 1:28-30

in whom (Jesus)  are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ~Colossians 2:3

Do you seek to be wise?  Then abide in Jesus!

"Let it be your first aim to abide in Him in focused, fervent devotion of heart; when the heart and the life are right, ROOTED IN CHRIST, knowledge will come in the measure we need.  Without such abiding in Christ, knowledge does not really profit, but can actually be hurtful." ~ p. 47 Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray

Ordinary Pastor wrote about the most dangerous person in the church. Knowledge puffs up, but wisdom comes from Jesus.  Don't let your soul be satisfied with forms and images of the truth.  Jesus is the Truth - seek Him.  Abide in Him.

"Man seeks the knowledge first and often never gets beyond it.  God gives us Christ, and in him are hidden the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." ~p. 47
Don't seek knowledge for knowledge's sake. Instead, seek to know Jesus, for in Him are hidden the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  In Him, you can live wisely.
"The life you have in Christ is a thing of infinite sacredness, far too high and too holy for you to naturally know how to act it out.  He alone can guide you."

Life is not easy, and often we encounter things that puzzle, worry, or frighten.  We get angry at injustice and frustrated by things that seemingly never change.  It's in those instances that we truly need to abide in Christ.

I know what I am talking about.  I've often been tempted to worry, or to rely on self to "fix" a problem.

Just yesterday, three of our children went to piano lessons.  I knew there was a chiropractor appointment scheduled after their lessons.  I wasn't worried as the clock ticked on. But as it ticked on, and on, and on... one hour, two hours... I began to imagine all sorts of terrible things had happened.  Did the car break down on the side of the road?  Did a combine come off the field and crash into them?  Was I going to see a police car pull into our lane to tell us our kids were in the hospital, or worse?

Vain imaginings.  Ridiculous thoughts.

Oh, I prayed and kept on acknowledging how faithless my fears were - but there it was... I was not abiding in Christ.  I was relying on self.

Live Life Confidently

We must live life confidently, knowing all is perfectly clear to Him.  Trust Him!  He knows!  Not for a moment did Jesus lose track of my children yesterday.  Not for a moment were they out of His care.

Study God's Word with Anticipation

Jesus abides in you, as you abide in Him.  He is light, the wisdom of God.  The words He speaks are spirit and life to those who live in Him.  As you study His word, trust that He will guide you and open your eyes to what He is teaching you.  Read the Word humbly, patiently waiting on God to reveal Himself to you.

Do Your Work Joyfully

In your work, rejoice that God is guiding you, even where you do not see the way.  Jesus is deeply interested in your daily life, its ways and its work.

"Trust His sympathy, believe His love, and wait for His guidance - it will be given.  Abiding in Him, the mind will be calm and free from distraction, judgment will be clear as the light of heaven shines on earthly things, and your prayer for wisdom, like Solomon's, will be fulfilled "exceedingly abundantly above all that (you) ask or think." (Eph. 3:20)" ~ p. 49

  • Wait on Jesus.
  • Withdraw from needless distraction.
  • Wisdom is in Him, so abide in Him.             

  Christ is our Wisdom.

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Remember that you will give an account for every word. Respond with wisdom and grace, please.