As Christians, we constantly seek different way about growing in wisdom that is centered in Jesus. However, most of us are proven guilty that we struggle to have grown in wisdom, humans as we are. Now, the ultimate question is, “as practicing Christians, how can we effectively establish our own growth in wisdom and how is it significant to our earthly lives?”
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How to Grow in Wisdom
In seeking to grow in true wisdom you can follow these simple ways and understand the truth above all earthly things.
Study God’s Word
If we want to grow and be biblically wise and fully conform to the image and likeness of the Lord God, Growing in God’s wisdom is extremely important. The word of God is full of wisdom for everyone to cherish, cling on to, and ponder upon. Anyone who finds God finds wisdom because God is wisdom.
Seek wisdom in studying the words of God and you will be able to create a deeper sense of love in your hearts because of the truth of God. A wise person spends time together with the Lord, striving to love Him more.
Reading and understanding the Bible can be very easy for some Christians but for those followers of Jesus that does not know where to begin, going through one Gospel-Mark, Matthew, John, or Luke-can bring you one step closer to God, through His word.
Remember that reading the scripture is not about reading the fastest but growing in wisdom and gaining insight upon knowing the gospel of God, our heavenly creator.
Gain Wisdom in communities
As Luke tells in the bible, Jesus grew in wisdom due to taking part in theological communities which emphasizes that Jesus did not grow wisdom through isolation. The bible also highlights how challenging Jesus’ community is.
Being a part of communities that challenge us is an integral part of one’s growth in wisdom. The scripture tells us that devotion to God requires the endurance of every challenge but with the desire to be blessed by God, a person receives the gift of peace and wisdom that is far above any earthly things.
Jesus reminds us that challenges foster growth in wisdom as He did the same growing up in a family that has hope and faith in God despite every challenge. Additionally, Jesus’ wisdom grew as He faces the theological communities at a young age, discussing the Bible.
These ideas give emphasis to the fact that in order to grow in wisdom, you need to be in challenging communities with challenging people as anyone needs others in this world.
One exceptional theme in Proverbs suggests, “fools only enjoy expressing their opinion but wise men listen and ask”.
In relation to the proverbs, Jesus’ growth happened as He stayed behind and become a part of a community. Like Jesus, everyone needs to have communities that are humble enough for someone not to have fear in asking questions as well as people that are ready to listen.
Great discussions matter especially if you want to grow in Jesus-rooted wisdom. Everyone needs to be a part of a learning community where there is an exchange of knowledge between two parties; it may be a child with his teacher or pastor and his subordinates.
The Bible emphasizes that more than just questions, there must be an exchange of knowledge and interaction between the teacher or pastor and the ones being taught.
Ultimately, growth in wisdom does not happen overnight. Rather, it is the compounded results of taking part in groups-challenging, humble, and learning communities.
Gain Wisdom in trials
Living in this world, people tend to avoid any form of suffering but it is important to remember that to grow in wisdom requires undergoing a course of trials.
Everyone can relate to the idea that there is no gain without any hint of pain. You need to have yourself tested with challenges before growing in wisdom.
In the scriptures, Joseph and Mary grew in wisdom as they face challenges in raising their child Jesus. One of these trials includes the time when they lost Jesus for several days, not knowing where he went.
At first, you might imagine how irresponsible mary and joseph are or you might think how disobedient Jesus is to His parent. However, as you carefully assess the scripture, It is Jesus, Mary, and Joseph who grew in wisdom as Jesus realizes the best way for His parents to have wisdom is by experiencing the trial.
At some point in our long life here on earth, we might have blamed God a couple of times for the challenges we face every day. However, you need not forget that sometimes, Jesus teaches us lessons by letting us go uphill battles. These uphill battles give us the opportunity to acquire wisdom that would help us no longer fall for the same problem again. Similarly, Losing Jesus became an ultimate learning opportunity for both Mary and Joseph, which drove them to gain more wisdom.
What differentiates the problematic stuff that we individually face each day is the way that we perceive it. In contrast to the common question we ask ourselves whenever we encounter challenges, God animates obstacles to go our way in order for us to grow from it and not question the existence of God as well as ours. We need not ask “when will this problem pass?” because the moment trials cease to exist, the opportunity to grow also disappears.
Ultimately, to grow in wisdom, you do not just solve the obstacles in life through the wisdom of God. Rather, you should see it as an effective way to build wisdom.
Gain Wisdom in Obedience
The scriptures put emphasis on the loyalty of Jesus to the holy Creator. This was demonstrated during the time when Joseph and Mary found Jesus inside the temple and asked him, “Why have done this to us? You had your father and I worried sick.” and Jesus answered, ” Why did you look for me? Didn’t you know, I should be in the house of my Father.”
This illustrates how Jesus’ obedience lies to His heavenly Father and not to His earthly parents. This act of Christ illustrates that wisdom isn’t just an accumulation of ideas and knowledge but an application of are the learnings. This simply means that individuals are deemed to be wise because they apply everything they know about what the scriptures write.
Ultimately, a person that is wise does not just know the truth of the holy God but applies it no matter what the circumstances are since wisdom doesn’t just manifest in obedience but grows in it as well.
Spend Time in Prayer
As Christians, spending time in prayer will encourage us to be more humble before our Lord. This will also help us to spend time with Him and be able to grow wise from the wisdom of God that is perfect.
To grow in wisdom, you need to have a deeper sense of understanding and trust in the glory of God. This is achieved through any form of prayer as we become vulnerable to our Father in heaven. As we pray, we seek refuge in Him ask Him to have full control over our lives. In doing so, you give everything to Him and in other words, you receive an irreplaceable form of wisdom from God.
Have Reverance for the Lord Jesus Christ
Growing in wisdom requires your full understanding and acknowledgment of the truth that God is all-knowing and does not sin. With it, we need to have faith and humble ourselves before the Father who sent his son to die for our sins.
Revering the Lord for what He has done means listening to his words and surrendering all our ways to His, without feeling afraid as we owe to Him everything from the food that we eat to the air that we breathe, including our family and friends.
Read Christ-Centered Books
Reading Christ-centered literature can’t give you all the answers but will definitely help you in terms of growing in wisdom. It will also help to gain knowledge about the life works and suffering of Jesus, and in return, enables you you anchor your faith in Him.
To grow in wisdom through reading Christ-centered books, you need to be very careful as they are not created the same. You need to have the right discernment and be able to distinguish self-help books masked in “Christian” titles from actual Christ-centered books that teach you the true wisdom and understanding of God.
Plenty of Christian books help you understand the life of Jesus, strengthen your faith in the Lord, improve your walk with Jesus, and develop wisdom rooted in Christ.
Always remember that when you choose to find wisdom, you need to honor and see God as the ultimate source of it-Through prayer, His deed and words, and through the holy spirit. you also need to see God’s instruments like the church, as an avenue to understand fully, God and all his works and provisions.
At the end of the day, you need to remember that everything you do with your earthly life must be in full accordance with the will of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.