This is part four of the ‘Christ-like’ series – if you’d like to catch up, feel free to click through on the links below:
The next attribute of christlikeness I’d like to explore is wisdom.
WISDOM = THE MIND OF CHRIST
But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16b NIV
Wisdom is such a key attribute for us to take a hold of. In my mind, wisdom is the connection between what we see and feel to what we do and say.
We need to know the best way to navigate difficult situations, and it’s the wisdom of God that allows us to navigate these moments correctly. To know what to say, what not to say, when to say it, how to say it, what to do and not do – all these little decisions are much more effective when we’ve learnt to rely on God’s wisdom and not our own.
It’s important for us to note that humility is the gateway into Christlikeness. Humility towards God allows us to be humble before others, be compassionate to those around us and discover the wisdom of God for any situation.
Solomon, the son of David, regarded as the wisest person to have ever lived – became wise because of a humble heart. When he became king of Israel all he requested of the Lord was not wealth or honour, but wisdom and a discerning heart so that he could best govern and lead God’s people.
Here in the below proverbs, Solomon expresses this truth…
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Proverbs 9:10a NIV
Humility is the fear of the Lord
Proverbs 22:4a NIV
As we adopt this position of humility towards God, we’ll find ourselves open to a whole new dimension in Christ. Seeing, hearing and understanding spiritual truths and insights that we we’re ignorant to beforehand.
Kind of like this… (sorry about the language..)
For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
1 Corinthians 2:11-12 NIV
The Apostle Paul knew the importance of having the wisdom of God – the mind of Christ. It was one of his most earnest prayers for the early church, that they would discover the deep wells of wisdom that Christ provides through his spirit. He knew that if believers tapped into the richness of Christ’s thoughts, they would be set up to experience the best of what God has in store for them.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
Ephesians 1:17-18 NIV
To conclude, it’s vital for us to know that Christ’s wisdom is not reserved for the spiritual elite, it’s a gift that God has made available to each of us as we put our trust in Him. It’s a great privilege we’ve been invited into.
The only requirement is humility – James, the brother of Jesus, who would have found it harder than most, realised the best way is to simple ask. As we ask, we are recognising both our need and the source of our provision.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:5 NIV
So today – one of the best things you can do is take a moment to stop ask God for wisdom.
Hope this has helped!