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Marriner’s Moment: Celebrating Wisdom and Knowledge – Pt. 4

This month we are ‘celebrating wisdom and knowledge.’ Wisdom gives us the temperament, balance, and place to be so we can help and influence others, without being condescending. As Christians, we are to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord and understand our purpose, abilities and gifts, so we know what to do, where to go, and, most importantly, to glorify our Lord.

Wise people are nourished and nurtured by the Word of God. They study and apply its tenets and commandments, rather than read the Bible as if it were a novel. God’s Word should touch us – who we are – and transform us. We cannot be effective Christians or leaders if we don’t have wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge comes from studying and wisdom comes from experience, practice and application of God’s Word.

My prayer is that as our young adults go out into the world and take up the mantle of leadership, they will effectively use and celebrate their wisdom and knowledge to disciple others and bring them to Christ. God’s will is for us to change our behaviors and our lives. Our goal should be to live life so that others will not only respect our wisdom and knowledge, but be like the man depicted in Part One of this month’s column, who returned a precious stone to the woman, desiring instead to possess what she had within that enabled her to give him the stone. As Christians, we should aspire be to live in such a manner that others want what we have within – the heart, character, integrity, and love for God and others – and desire to be like us.

”Peace and power.

© Dr. Melvin O. Marriner,
Grove Church
August 2017

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