Living Wisely or Foolishly
Key Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:19-23
Supporting Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 2:14 | Hebrews 9:27 | James 3:13-17
We all make countless decisions during a lifetime, and as a whole, they determine whether we live wisely or foolishly. The most important factor is whether or not we seek the Lord’s guidance in our choices. Those who base their decisions on their own reasoning, feelings, and desires, or on other people’s advice will live foolishly because they’ve ignored the only true source of wisdom—almighty God. Too many people forget that choices have consequences. Our culture wants to live in the here and now, without regard for the eventual outcome of their choices. But beginning in the Garden of Eden, God has clearly told us that negative consequences always follow foolish, self-willed decisions.
God should have priority in our decision-making process.
- Ask yourself: What is the wise thing to do?
- There are two types of wisdom: worldly wisdom and godly wisdom.
- Scripture teaches us wisdom by illustration.
- It is possible to be smart about many things and unwise about others.
True wisdom is seeing life from God’s viewpoint and responding on the basis of what He says in His Word.
- Those who have no time for the Bible have automatically chosen a foolish lifestyle.
- Jesus is omniscient—He has infinite knowledge about everything.
- Man’s wisdom is based on what he sees, feels, hears, or thinks.
- Those who choose to live apart from God must rely on themselves for their own security.
- As we let Jesus live His life through us, He faithfully guides in every decision.
Worldly wisdom sees life from man’s perspective.
- Some people think happiness is found in position, intellect, talent, and possessions.
- James uses three adjectives to describe world wisdom: earthy, natural, and demonic.
What is the wise way?
- Never base your decision on what others think is best.
- God will provide instructions if we listen and wait.
- Earthly wisdom is full of jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and evil.
There are really only two choices in life. We are either living in God’s wisdom or foolishly relying on human understanding. Since we were endowed with God’s gift of free will, we have the option to choose what is wise or what is unwise. The world offers us jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and evil; Scripture gives us guidance toward a full and free life. Choose wisely.