(Bible quotations are from the NIV unless otherwise stated)
The Greatest Wisdom
26th July 2010
How good it is for pastors and apostles to give thanks for the people in their care, as well as pray for them. Every member of our church is a gift from God to us. Sometimes pastors forget this, and sometimes people in their care forget it. But it's always true.
Paul says that his constant prayer for those he cares for is that God may give them the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. How much prayer do pastors make for people's health and finances and relationships? It's good, of course, to pray for these things. But it's a higher priority to pray for people to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.
Of course, all Christians have been given the Holy Spirit (Romans 8v9) and, of course, not all Christians know the fulness of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5v18). In fact not one of us has received as much of the Holy Spirit as is possible. Not one of us has all the wisdom and revelation that is there for us. So Paul's prayer is a continuing prayer, because no matter how much wisdom and revelation they - or we - have received, there is more to be received.
Beware the Christian who thinks he knows everything.
But what is the highest purpose of all the wisdom and revelation that God wants to give us? Paul tells us it's so that you may know him [Jesus] better.
We can get so wrapped up in everyday life: our jobs, our families, our health problems, our relationships, our finances, even our hobbies. We can spend so much time watching television or reading the newspaper. We can neglect our relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the opposite of wisdom. This is foolishness.
True wisdom is the knowledge of Him who created us and redeemed us.
Paul then writes:
This enlightenment comes from God, by the Holy Spirit, through the scriptures and in prayer. May God make us wise, so that we will spend time seeking these things, and leave foolishness behind.
How great is God's power for us who believe?