3 Little Lessons in Wisdom – A #OneWord2011 Progress Report

One Word 2011Back in January, I wrote a post about my one word for 2011; wisdom. The whole concept of ‘One Word‘ was dreamed up by Alece Ronzino to stand in place of those pesky New Year’s resolutions we all make, yet never keep.

I got an email from Alece last week asking everyone who participated to write a mid-year progress report. In all honesty, I don’t know how to faithfully report progress in such a subjective area as ‘wisdom.’

What I can share, however, are a few of the lessons that I’ve learned:

1. God is sovereign.

This is a loaded concept that I’ve been studying all year. Innumerable volumes have been written, sermons preached, and classes taught about the sovereignty of God. In a nutshell, I’ve come to know and cherish that God is in control of every last detail.

Nothing catches Him off guard or surprises Him. Everything works according to His plan.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV

2. The Bible is not about me.

It’s about God reconciling all things to Himself through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It all points to Him. In that light, the story of David overcoming Goliath is not about me overcoming the giants in my life.

That story is about Jesus overcoming the giants of sin and death at the cross. If we continually write ourselves into the story in His place, we bypass the cross and rely strictly on our own performance; a hopeless endeavor. Our only hope is in Jesus; not in ourselves.

A snippet from one of my favorite passages by Tim Keller:

Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us…

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. And when God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love from me,” now we can look at God taking his son up the mountain and sacrificing him and say, “Now we know that you love us because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love from us…”

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.

The Bible’s really not about you—it’s about him.

3. The Gospel trumps wisdom.

It’s far too easy to turn “sharing your faith” into an intellectual battle. All I know is that I’ve never seen an apologetics-driven argument end with someone turning their life over to Jesus. It just doesn’t work that way.

On the other side of that same coin is the truth that we don’t need to know everything in order to point people to Jesus. I’ve seen too many people shy away from sharing their faith because they were insecure in their knowledge.

The power’s in the message, not the messenger.

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ESV

Forging Ahead

Tomorrow, I’m going to start a series that will take me through the end of July. It’ll be a set of personal resolutions or “prayers” loosely based on the 70 resolutions of Jonathon Edwards. I’m excited to write through that and see where it takes us.

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