by Jim Putman: What is wisdom? The dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to discern what is true or right. This is a problematic definition for me because our modern culture believes that what is right for you is right for you and what is right for me is right for me. So–how do we discern what is right and true when there is nothing that is absolutely right and true?
The problem with this line of thinking is that it leaves us with people competing for their own version of wisdom. In that case, wisdom would be whatever I think I want and what will get me there the quickest and the most efficient way.
So how do I learn or discern what is right or true as I see it, what gets me to what I want?
Well, first of all, that is not the definition of Biblical wisdom. When we define wisdom as Christians we define it in this way. “Seeing and understanding what God thinks is right and true.”
When we became disciples of Jesus – that meant that we understood that we needed to be saved from sin as defined by God. God gets to define sin. And as God defines it, sin is bad, righteousness is good.
So when we understand that God gets to decide what is right and wrong, what is true or not, we surrender to that. We recognize that God took sin so seriously that he sent his Son down here to die on a cross to pay for our sin. God thinks sin equals death. As Christians we recognize that we missed the mark of righteousness as he defined it – and we accept Jesus as the payment for our sins. We now not only accept that Jesus is our Savior, but we step down off the throne of our own hearts as a disciple and say Jesus teach us your way. Teach us your perspective.
Written by Jim Putman
This was originally posted on Jim Putman’s blog here. Used with permission.
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