Wisdom is a funny thing. And being wise is tricky. Why is this? Because those who think they are wise are usually fools. And those who consider themselves to be fools just might display the Wisdom of God. God, who IS Wisdom, is the One who declares who is wise. Man is neither judge nor originator of Wisdom. Wisdom comes from God and being wise is those in whom He chooses to bestow His Wisdom.
Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.
Being Wise – Romans ONE
I saw this clearly the other day in Romans One, where it shows the result of one who claims to be wise without God. It’s utterly disastrous! I also noticed this in relation to passages in 1 Corinthians. Being wise is not in the declaration of possessing wisdom; it is in letting Wisdom be wise in you. Wow, now that will curl the lip of an intellectual. Wisdom is God or it is just foolishness masquerading as being wise.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; and not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:26-30 NIV
Being Wise and Discipleship
This week we start taking preorders for The Mystery of Discipleship. Orders will begin shipping the week of August 21st just after our conference in Atlanta. This long awaited devotional is now finally a reality. We are so excited for you to get your copy and start your 91-day epic voyage.
Why do I mention wisdom today in relation to The Mystery of Discipleship? Well, The Mystery of Discipleship was not written for those who would consider themselves wise, noble, or ample. These wise guys would never pay the actual price it costs to be a disciple. Capable men and women are satisfied with themselves and what they have accomplished. A disciple, on the other hand, comes to the table with nothing but a YES!
The Mystery of Discipleship is a 91-day epic voyage as a disciple. Who is the disciple? A disciple is one at the end of his rope. It’s the one who have come up empty while yearning for more. A disciple has nowhere else to turn and will abandon all to embrace all of Jesus. This is true wisdom!
Being Wise as a Disciple or Just a Believer
We were called to be a disciple not just a believer. Christ didn’t tell us to go into all the earth and make believers; He said make disciples, because it is disciples who are the ones who give all, receive all, and follow Him. A believer just believes, while a disciple lives the Life in Him.
So are you one of these foolish and weak ones Christ has chosen? Come and experience the adventure of Life. Embark on this 91-day epic voyage as a disciple and experience the Living Christ anew. Being wise is not having wise knowledge; it is to know from whence all Wisdom comes and choosing Him and His Life.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [discarding his worldly pretensions and acknowledging his lack of wisdom], so that he may become [truly] wise.
1 Corinthians 3:18 amp