What Christians Need to Know

Have you ever stopped at a garage sale and spotted an item that you absolutely do not need…but at a price that you absolutely cannot pass up?  Well, I have...and what a dilemma it is!  I love a bargain…a $10 value for only a buck…but at this point in my life I don’t need one more shovel…or weed whip…or lava lamp, so I walk on by.

But there is something we all need. This commodity is absolutely crucial for those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and are navigating a life of challenge and growth. Here’s the basic idea of life in Christ:  We each come into this world sinful and separated from God.  Jesus Christ offers forgiveness for sins and reconciliation with God.  But sinfulness isn’t our only problem.

We’re also finite, incomplete, imperfect, inadequate, immature, damaged, limited, wounded, misdirected and a wee bit self-absorbed.  Get the picture?  If we are to navigate this life in Christ well, we need help!  And it needs to be from a source that is not as flawed as we are.  This sets the stage for a discussion of wisdom.

King Solomon, who ruled over Israel from 970 to 930 BC, was said to be the wisest man who ever lived.  Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs.  Listen to these verses from chapter two of Proverbs.

Proverbs 2:1-6; 9, 10  (NLT)

 My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions.  Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.  Cry out for insight and understanding.  Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.  Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.  For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding... Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.

The life of a Christian is just what the name implies --- the following of Christ.  Soaking up everything about we can learn about Him so that we can model His virtues in our lives.  Learning to think and act like Christ should be our most diligent pursuit.
                                                                                                                 - from a sermon by Ted. W. Smith