Wiser Still

“Leave your simple ways, and live,
    and walk in the way of insight…
 Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
    teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Proverbs 9:6,8b-10

“To the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Matthew 13:12

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” 2 Timothy 1:5-6

“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ… Therefore, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” 2 Peter 1:5-8,10

God does nothing half- heartedly, nor does He ever grow complacent. He saves us and strives with us to conform us to Himself over the course of our days on earth, so we will be like Him upon entering heaven. His way is to add and refine and sanctify as we yield and practice and renew. God’s divine moral and economic principle is that the more we are given and put to use, the more we gain and grow. (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 3:2)

How am I adding to the knowledge I’ve been given, adding precept upon precept as I digest and exercise each one? What am I doing with the resources God has entrusted to me? How am I exercising His gifts to strengthen and perfect them, and for the good of others in His kingdom? Where am I sowing the word to effect spiritual growth, or giving generously so riches abound? What can I offer to the Lord that He may multiply? (Ecclesiastes 11:1; Isaiah 28:10; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 14:16-21; 1 Corinthians 3:6-7; 2 Corinthians 9:10)

Where have I grown stagnant in spiritual growth, or complacent in service? Do I settle for knowledge of the past, with no immediate or present application? Would I confess my spiritual lethargy and ask for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit, to obey? Are there friends who can help me fan into flame what he has given, that his glory might be magnified? Would we mutually encourage one another to do greater works than now? (John 14:12; Romans 12:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13)

Lord, direct my devotion and doing to diligence. May I grow in Your gifts and give generously to build Your Body, for the sake of Your kingdom and glory. (Ephesians 4:11-13,15-16)

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