VITAL SIGNS: Unity is spread through spiritual maturity | 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 | Devotional
1 Corinthians 3:18-23
Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"; and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile." So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future-- all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
Wisdom is overrated…at least the wisdom of this world. For sure, some worldly wisdom concludes that man is fine without God. But most worldly wisdom likes a little bit of God, just as people like a little sugar and cream in their coffee. They want enough of God to cut life’s bitter taste. USA Today recently reported a study showing that 55% of U.S. adults say they have been protected from harm by a guardian angel, 45% felt called by God to do something, 23% witnessed or experienced a miraculous physical healing, and 20% heard the voice of God speaking to them.
And get this—59% of people from “Jewish” and “other” religions believed angels were running heavenly interference for them. And 20% of those who claimed “no religion” believed God was sending His angels to protect their journey. Talk about having it both ways.
God, however, knows that the reasoning of worldly wisdom is futile. Like cunning animals are trapped in the hunter’s snare, so God catches those who depend on worldly wisdom in the trap of “their craftiness.” God’s wisdom is more than enough! He sent His son to give us eternal life. And in the meantime…life to the fullest.
Father, may we always depend on wisdom from your word, not wisdom from the world. Help us to readily accept the wisdom that comes from you and quickly reject the wisdom that does not. May we never follow a personality. May we only and always follow hard after the Person of Jesus. In whose name we pray, Amen.