Within the American culture there are so many options to choose from as we grow up. Options like, what should I study in school? What path should I take to reach my goals? As opportunities become available should I take advantage of them? What do others say I should do with my life and should I listen to them? Sometimes these choices become obstacles as we ask, what should I be doing with my life? Meaning becomes hinged on our choices to succeed or simply to survive in making a living. When you're young everything just goes by so fast, the time to think seems to never come. One day you reach middle age and you begin to look back to where you came from and the choices you have made. Then it hits you, what really is the meaning of my life? What is it that I have accomplished?
It's strange that what we think is important really is not and what we think is meaningless is really the whole point. The Apostle Paul with all his choices and education in life discovered at mid age these truths as he expressed them in First Corinthians chapters 1 and 2.
1 Cor 1:26-2:9
1:26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, 29 that no man should boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord."
2:1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written,
"Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him." (NASB)
What Paul learned and was conveying to us is this, if the choices and all our efforts in life are not based on God's wisdom and power, then the meaning behind life becomes cloudy and ambiguous. But if we choose to seek God's wisdom and lean on his power, which effects us emotionally, physically and spiritually, we will begin to see life from God's perspective and true meaning will become more evident everyday.
Some may ask, how do I get this wisdom Paul speaks about? The answer comes to us as we read the rest of the chapter.
1 Cor 2:10-16
2:10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. (NASB)
Remember, it is the Spirit of God that brings us wisdom and power to know and live our lives everyday; not our own wisdom and self reliance, but GOD's wisdom and power! "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5; NASB)
Reid Ashbaucher was born in the United States, and holds a B.A. degree in Comprehensive Bible an M.A. degree in Christian Theology, and is the author of "Made in the Image of God". Permission to reprint article is granted. http://booksite.rcetc.com
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