A Total Dedication

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God..

  • Proverbs 2:1-5

“Following Christ requires our all.  In order for us to walk in His footsteps we must be totally dedicated: body, mind, and soul.  We need to listen carefully to the word of God, and we must learn to apply it.  We should spend time in contemplation using our minds to gain a deeper understanding of God’s will.  We should open our hearts in order to feel God’s presence in our lives.  We should praise God with our voices and shout His glories.  We should talk with other believers and share our questions and experiences.”

  • Dan and Nancy Dick, Daily Wisdom from the Bible

The authors go on to talk about the emptiness of material things.  They glitter and shine, but they do not last.

Wisdom is something that we can seek that is lasting, spiritual wisdom especially.  In seeking to be more like Jesus, what is it about Jesus that is so compelling?  Why do we wish to be more like Jesus?

Because He wants us to?  Sure, but if that is the motivation, it will not last long.

What is it about Jesus demands our attention?

Could it be that Jesus was all sufficient at every moment?  He knew just the right thing to say at the right time.  Sure He angered the religious leaders, but He even did that at the right time.  They had to get angry at Him in order for God’s will to be fulfilled.  Jesus came to die after all.  Jesus always did the right thing at the right time.  He healed the sick.  He fed the hungry.  He wept.  All at the right time.

And we do not need to focus on the timing.  The right time is due to Jesus having the wisdom to know that right time.  Jesus’ teachings poured from His wisdom.  His timing poured from His wisdom.

Yes, we need to study God’s word and pray and have fellowship with other Christians, but we need to seek the wisdom of God.  And Jesus’ wisdom was so much more powerful than that of Solomon.  As soon as Solomon thought that he could go it alone by diplomacy and marrying a princess from every nation that he had dealings with, Solomon lost site of God’s wisdom, that wisdom that had made Solomon the great king that he was before he introduced the worship of other gods.

And that is what gets in the way of us gaining wisdom.  What gods do we have in our lives?  Do we ever put ourselves first?  Do we ever barter with God that you will put more in the offering plate in three months, but right now we need to save for that trip to Disney World?  The trip may be for the grandchildren, but it was grandpa or grandma that paid for it.  Yes, we put ourselves before God, even when we put the wants of our grandchildren before ourselves.  In a way, our grandchildren become little gods in our eyes.

We have many reasons why we do not gain the wisdom that Jesus had.  But the greatest reason is that we do not keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus all the time.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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