“Today’s Spiritual Gift – Wisdom”

The Beans:

The Background:

Each of us are gifted with specific abilities and talents, and as you can imagine, when all of these gifts and talents come together (members of the Body of Christ working together), that is when we function the best.

This study is designed to introduce you to some of the Spiritual gifts listed in the Bible, and hopefully, as you learn a little more about them, you’ll be able to identify your own strengths.

When we know our gifts, and begin using them well, THAT is when our faith truly opens up, and we begin to see a major difference in our hearts and lives, AND in the lives of those around us!

The Verse:

James 3:13-18

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

The Fill:

What’s the point?

Today’s Spiritual Gift: Wisdom

**Disclaimer, today’s post is not all flowers and warm-fuzzies – but y’all, it’s time to get real! Just remember I’m a mess myself, growing alongside you, and of course still love you! 

As I read today’s verse, I was moved by the idea of our deeds reflecting our wisdom.

Does my life, shine the wisdom I’ve gained as a follower of Jesus?

Hmmmmm…. Not sure I’m going to like what I see ….

As followers of Jesus, we seek to understand Him better. And scripture makes it clear that He will reveal Himself to anyone who earnestly seeks Him.

However, it doesn’t end there. With this new found information, with the wisdom we gain – we must also put it into practice. We are charged with the call of living out this wisdom.

We’ve learned that we are to love as Jesus loves, we are to be forgiving, honest, fair, and humble.

So what does it look like to live that out?

Well, take posting to social media for instance – When you post, it’s important to ask yourself, why am I posting this? If your reasoning is to share an experience with family and friends; if your reasoning is to have a memory of a special event, or moment – post away friend!!

However, if your rationale behind posting is to prove that you were at an event, to “get back” at someone who hurt your feelings, or to make others jealous of your life …. well that’s not exactly wise.

Trust me, I am NOT innocent with this one either. We like to think that the “mean bully tendencies” leave us when we leave High School, but in reality, they actually get worse. We just get better at justifying our actions as adults.

What about arguments with your spouse, children, or other family members?

Are you shining the light of Jesus that you’ve gained through wisdom in the faith? (Yeah, I’m shrinking down in my chair on this one too!).

I shared with you last week, that you may be the only bible someone ever opens. We should always be working to shine the light of Jesus, to put into practice, the wisdom we gain through time with Him.

Take a look at yourself in the mirror today, does anything need to change?

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

To help you identify what your spiritual gifts are, there are several tools and tests you can take for free online.

Or to help you begin thinking about it, I encourage you to spend the course of this study reflecting on the following questions:

  1. What do you enjoy doing?
  2. When you hear about people helping others, do you feel drawn to specific stories? (i.e. children, those living in poverty, racial equality etc.)
  3. Ask someone who knows you well, what gifts they see in you? What do they think you are best at?