Tripping Over Worldly Wisdom

December 21, 2021

…but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.

1 Corinthians 1:23

Written by Paul Wilkinson from the Brentwood Campus

Seemingly Backwards Wisdom

On the face of it, faith seems paradoxical in so many ways. Consider the following: the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16); whoever loses their life for Jesus saves it (Mark 8:35); to live you must die (Romans 6:8); you must hate your mother and father . . . and even your own life (Luke 14:26). And it’s because of this apparent paradox that we so often find ourselves tripping over worldly wisdom.

While these truths  may seem paradoxical, they only seem so when one doesn’t begin with kingdom assumptions. We rightly understand Jesus as Lord and King—and as the life-giver—when we begin to understand how these truths make perfect sense.

It All Falls Short

Worldly wisdom tricks us into thinking we can live well, love fully, and act faithfully exclusively on our own. Kingdom wisdom says that none of it is possible without a proper relationship with the Lord.

Everything falls short of the fullness it could be when we go it alone without Jesus.

A New Worldview

Becoming a disciple of Jesus does not mean believing crazy things or having blind faith. Instead, becoming a disciple of Jesus means throwing out your assumptions, your ideas about the way things are, and your worldview, and in turn adopting the worldview of Jesus.

That worldview is one in which the kingdom of God has been inaugurated and we now have the privilege of expanding our family by making disciples. And the message of discipleship begins with a simple truth: Christ crucified. This simple truth teaches us that our sin and the brokenness of the world has been overcome by Jesus’ righteous sacrifice.

Now What?

A worldview is just your beliefs about the way the world is. I like to ask six questions: who is God, what is truth, what is morality, what is humanity, what’s the problem with the world and the solution to that problem, and what’s the afterlife?

Take some time this Christmas to consider these questions. Have you let the Spirit and the Scriptures build your worldview? Or have you let worldly wisdom build it? Seek the biblical answers to these questions.

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