James 3:13-14 NIV 2011
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
James’ letter to the faithful in Jerusalem that scattered after Stephen’s death continued with this reminder of wisdom. He circled back to his statement in 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given you.” Remaining faithful in every aspect of their lives would reflect Jesus. He cautioned them to never loose sight of who they were in Christ. Wisdom from God is pure. Wisdom from God was to be honestly used for His glory, not for ones own self-interest or advancement. Godly wisdom in the lives of believers reaps righteousness.
Circling back to James at least once a month keeps my focus on the direction for my life. It assures me my motives and actions align with The Master’s by asking, “What is the motive for doing what I am doing?” On an airplane to check off another bucket list item, that is what I’m doing. Waiting to see how the journey enfolds draws me closer to the Lord. Walking with Him daily illuminates my path. Godly wisdom in my life reaps righteousness.
How does God’s wisdom differ from ours?
Reaping His righteousness,