Google+ 02/02/13 The Unwise Men!

Ephesians 3:8-11

 

Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people,

He graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles

About the endless treasures available to them in Christ.

I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God,

The Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety

To all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. 

 

The Bible speaks of a word that we don't often use in our modern day society anymore.  In Biblical days, this unique word was important.  This important word is "wisdom."  The government of the day, whether it was kings or principalities, "employed" men to be "wise."  There was in every country "wise men," that were consulted prior to any of the heads of government doing anything.  The most famous of these is of course Herod, who gathered the "wise men" together to consult with them about the whereabouts of Jesus.  All of the kings in the time of Daniel consulted him about their dreams and visions.  All the other "wise men" of Daniel's day were shown to be in the "unwise man club" because of the wisdom that God placed in Daniel.   The Bible makes a very important distinction in the "wise men."  As in our Scripture today, Paul explains that God's wisdom is often far different from man's wisdom.  We do not choose our political figures today because they are "rich in God's wisdom."  Because churches seem to no longer take seriously the process of ordination and "laying on of hands," we rarely take the necessary time to determine if priests, elders, or deacons are "wise men" in God.  We rather evaluate their earthly schooling, and time spent in study, as opposed to a thorough evaluation of their "heart for God."  Think to yourself, right now, when was the last time you intentionally looked at "wisdom" as an important personality characteristic for any leader in your everyday life. In our Scripture today, Paul acknowledges who he has been, prior to his salvation experience.  That is why he refers to himself as the "least deserving of all God's people."  As I sit every morning and write devotions for all of you to read, I proclaim the very same thing to God, and now to you.  I don't feel worthy to share God's important words with so many, everyday.  The "wise" part of Paul's testimony is that he, and all of us, are not worthy without God.  Paul realizes his calling.  Paul shares that he has been chosen to tell God's story to the Gentiles.  Paul then says something very "wise."  God's plan all along was to reveal His wisdom through the church!  O boy.  When was the last time you attended a congregational meeting at your Local New Testament Church where the subject  line on the agenda was "How do we display God's wisdom this year through our church?"   In the last political election, several people sought me out to get "voting" advice.  They seemed amazed at my answer.  I told them to find the Christians running for office and discern their wisdom in God, not their political experience or party.  How do we ever expect any of our political or church leaders to make correct choices if they are not rich in God's wisdom?  Paul concludes that God's plan was carried out through Christ Jesus.  Today, I want to encourage you to be "wise" in Christ and leave the foolishness of the world in the dust.  Evaluate all you do in the world and in your Local New Testament Church through the wisdom of God.  Seek "wise" counsel in your life.  Surround yourself with "wise men."  If you do, you will make wise choices that God will be proud of and bless.  If we as God's people do not do this, we will be a part of a club that has many members in our society.  I don't want God or history to include me in the largest club on earth called "The Unwise Men!"