Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Today I was thinking about the more practical implications of the "wisdom from above" being "open to reason". How often is it that we confuse faith and foolishness and do something just because of the fact that we think it is God's will, although it turns out not to work, or put us in the way of trouble.
To take off from yesterday, as God gave us a body to glorify Him with, He has given us a mind to glorify Him with. If physical laziness is a sin then so is laziness of mind. Yet Christians today want God's will spelled out for them.
But God is rarely so accommodating to our way of dealing with Him. In Romans 12 we are told to discern the will of God:
Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
First of all, our minds are renewed in Christ. Then, we take the mind of Christ and test our decisions by it. If the decision lines up with His mind, then we know the will of God. We have discerned it.
The will of God is a matter of both general and specific revealing. Generally, His will is found in the Scriptures. Specifically, it is shown as we make choices that line up with the Scriptures.
We see then that the will of God is not a planned route so much as it is a guideline. Paul tells us that whatever we do is to be to the glory of God. Jesus said that the prime commandment is to love God with all your heart. So our love toward God and the resulting glory we give Him are the most important things about our Christian existance. Everything else in life exists merely to cause us to give Him greater glory.
Paul showed no anxiety about what exactly he should do when he made preparation to go into Bithynia. Paul was confident that he had the mind of Christ. The Holy Spirit stopped him and sent Him to Macedonia. For Paul, we find that direct intervention by God was considered to be the exception, rather than the rule.
We glorify God not by waiting for Him to spell out our every step but by asking for and applying the wisdom from above in a reasonable and honest way to the multiple-choice decisions we have in life. This is a component of liberty, I think.

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