Whispers of Wisdom, our next learning series for the month of July, we are exploring simple yet practical applications of our faith. As we study the book of Proverbs, we're asking people from our community to give impressions, highlights, convictions and/or lessons learned from the sermon.
This week Shetara Edden, who lead Ellwood Community Group, shares thoughts/reflections on Wk1:
1. The knowledge of Christ requires change.
It's a command to die to self and for our lives to look more like Christ. Theologians call it sanctification; however, put in its most practical form, it's wisdom.
2. The Better Introspection
One statement that stood out to me was "Change your life by changing yourself." This statement seemed a bit contradictory at first. As Christians we are often advised to "look to the cross" and know that God is the only one that can change us. But I realize that focusing on what seems like your most sinful trait, allows you to uncover the bed of sins that lay underneath. Our sinful actions are a result of our sinful nature. This allows you to humbly "turn to the cross", not just with a plea to fix what you do, but who you are.
This type of introspection is not narcissistic or egocentric, rather it allows you to shift your priority from measuring up to the people around you and society's standard, to God's Word and standards.
3. Wisdom Yields Witness
"...We see grace in everything" means applying truth to every aspect of your life. It doesn't look like physically stopping and saying a prayer before every action, but it's more like "in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path." When you let wisdom infect every area of your life God's direction is clear and His provision visible. Your life will serve as your greatest platform and witness to those around you.