8 Questions for Every Christian
In the book, “Imitation of Christ,” Kenneth Boa presents eight extremely common questions that deal with wisdom that many Christians ask themselves. They really stuck out to me and I want to share them with you!
What is wisdom? Wisdom is skill in the art of living life with every area under the dominion of God. It is the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the best ends. Wisdom is the key to a life of beauty, fulfillment, and purpose.
How do we pursue wisdom? The treasure of wisdom rests in the hands of God. since it comes from above (James 3:17), we cannot attain it apart from HIm.
What are the conditions for attaining wisdom? True wisdom can be gained only by cultivating the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10).
What is the fear of the Lord? To fear God is to have an attitude of awe and humility before him. It is to recognize our creaturehood and our need for complete dependence upon every activity in our lives.
Why have so few people devoloped this twin attitude of awe and humility? The temporal value system of this world is based on what is seen, while the external value system of Scripture is based on what is unseen. The former exerts a powerful influence upon us, and it is not suprising that so many Chritians struggle with giving up the seen for the unseen.
What can enable us to reject the temporal value system and choose the eternal value system? An eternal perspetive can be cultivated only by faith, that is, believing God in spite of appearances and circumstances.
How do we grow in faith? Our ability to trust God is directly proportional to our knowledge of God. The better we know Him, the more we can trust Him.
How can we increase in our knowledge of God? As we will see, the asnwer rests in the fact that God is a person.