Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people [who listened devotedly to His teaching, and who respected His spiritual wisdom]. – Luke 22:1-2
What does a wise lifestyle look like? How do you ‘become wise’ and point your life ‘in the right direction’? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom. Living according to the Spirit of wisdom and understanding means taking care over:
- What you eat and drink
‘Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat’. We are to be neither ‘drunks’ nor ‘gluttons’.
- Whom you listen to
‘Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her’. Respect for parents is the mark of wisdom. Wise children should make their parents proud of them.
- How you learn
An inquisitive mind is the mark of the Spirit of wisdom: ‘Buy truth… buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight’. The Spirit of wisdom gives you a hunger for truth and knowledge.
- What you think about
What you think in your heart you become. ‘My child, give me your heart’ – this is where everything starts. Guard your heart and your mind.
- What you look at
‘Let your eyes keep to my ways’. Watching what you look at is one of the ways to guard against promiscuity and immorality.
Lord, fill me today with the Spirit of wisdom. May my life be honouring to Jesus.
The only limitation to God’s Holy Spirit in you, is you.
And Jesus increased in wisdom,…. As man; for neither his divine wisdom, nor the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him, as mediator, could admit of any increase; but as he grew in body, the faculties of his soul opened, and received gradually large measures of wisdom and knowledge, in things natural and spiritual, through the in dwelling of his divine nature in him, and the Holy Spirit that was, without measure, on him – Gill
Two verbs describe this growth. “Grew,” the Greek verb auxano, “to become greater, grow, increase.” “Become strong” (NIV) or “wax strong” (KJV) is the Greek verb krataioo, “become strong.” It can refer to physical strength, as it probably does here, as well as psychological and spiritual strength. – Ralph Wilson
PRAY That believers of all ages will relate meaningfully with brothers and sisters in Christ across generations.
PRAY That the homes of church families will be places where children and youth who do not know Jesus can be welcomed and introduced to the message of the gospel.
PRAY That children and youth will grow in their biblical understanding of respect for authority and love for their neighbour.
PRAY That adult believers of all ages will be intentional about understanding, encouraging and mentoring younger believers and modelling biblical faith.
PRAY For wisdom and effectiveness among leaders and teachers working with children and youth.