What I am sharing in this post helped me a great deal, I hope it can help you as well. If you are not a follower of Christ this may sound like foolishness.
Are you a follower of Christ who seeks wisdom and strength? Wisdom and strength sounds good right? We are taught to do this by our parents and our teachers from a very young age. Most of us study and pray and listen to sermons just for this purpose, but…
There are two types of wisdom and strength, there is God’s wisdom and strength and there is fleshly wisdom and strength. Who can tell which is which?
If we are becoming wise and strong and excellent “according to the flesh” (1 Cor1:26), we are setting ourselves up to be opposed by the Lord.
There is a big difference between the wisdom and strength of God and wisdom and strength “according to the flesh”. We should not mix the one with the other because we don’t see the difference. This difference should be thoroughly understood by every follower of Christ.
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,…30 But by his doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,” -1 Cor 1:26-27, 30
According to this passage God chooses the weak and He shames the strong.
If you are anything like me the difference between Godly and fleshly wisdom is not obvious, but there is a clear distinction. We know from the passage above that “Christ Jesus has become to us wisdom from God.” But from the same passage we also know that God chooses the weak and foolish in order to shame the strong and wise. There is Godly-Jesus wisdom and there is fleshly wisdom and these two are diametrically opposed to one another.
The fastest and easiest way to tell the difference between fleshly and Godly wisdom (either in yourself or in the advise of others), is to ask the following questions:
- Are they trying to dominate and compete with others?
- Am I building or seeking hierarchies with myself at or near the top?
- Are they finding pleasure in out doing, out-witting, or one-upping others?
- Am I demanding or trying to see my way and will done (even Jesus prayed “not my will but your will be done..”) ?
- Are they insisting that people follow their vision and refuse to follow (or even acknowledge) other visions?
Answering yes to these questions suggests strongly strength and wisdom “according to the flesh”. I’ve been guilty of walking according to fleshly wisdom, I’ve also heard entire sermons of nothing but boasting in fleshly wisdom and in fleshly strength. God opposes this, we should not pretend to follow or serve God when he is actively opposing or shaming us.
Someone who always gets or is accustomed to getting their way is a menace what God is doing in the earth.
Gods “wisdom and strength” looks like turning the other cheek when struck (Matthew 5:39), it looks like sitting down and letting others speak (Luke 4:20), it looks like giving the coat and the shirt to the guy demanding just the shirt (Matthew 5:40). Gods kingdom, (his ruling presence) is with the “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3)
We who seek to serve and follow the Lord should know beyond all confusion what God opposes and shames and what ‘he chooses’ and ‘gives the kingdom’ to. There is a big difference and it becomes easy to spot in yourself and in others, once understood.
This is true because we live in the physical world ruled by satan while belonging to the coming kingdom of Christ. Each of these kingdoms has their own wisdom and strength. Jesus Christ is personally our wisdom and strength, no need to mingle and mix him with fleshly strength. He and his wisdom is all we need.
Remember that the world is passing away and its ruler, but at the same time, the kingdom and rule of Jesus Christ is ever increasing and it will never end.
What about you, do you live your life according to fleshly or godly wisdom and strength? Or a little of both? Please comment below.
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