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4 Layers to Gaining Wisdom

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“I’m not sure what to do.”

A phrase spoken by leaders more commonly than ever.

Part of this is natural; of course, we don’t always know what to do. Leaders create change and make progress. We live in new territory. We navigate uncharted waters in an ever-changing culture.

But Scripture says that if we lack wisdom and ask God for it, He will give it to us.

That’s true; He will.

Then why doesn’t it seem that simple?

  • It’s difficult to discern and apply truth.
  • The application of Scripture is challenged.
  • Agenda and opinion rule the day.

So, where do we start? Let me first offer the foundational building blocks of wisdom.

Humility

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, which is based on humility. (He is God, and we are not.) Therefore, when we take control and lead on our own, we communicate we do not need wisdom.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Maturity

A major element of wisdom is connected to maturity. Godly wisdom cannot be trusted with an immature adult who uses it for selfish purposes or out of alignment with the purpose of God.

..until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13)

Practicality

When you gain wisdom, the question becomes, “What will you do with it?”

Wisdom that remains a lofty thought in the clouds and never gets its feet on the ground is still true but not helpful. What will you do with the wisdom you receive?

Is it possible that wisdom is slow to come to those who don’t apply it?

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13)

4 Layers to Gaining Wisdom

1. Slowing Down

Wisdom is rarely gained on the run, skimming the surface, in the autopilot nature of daily life.

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Dr. Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering on a number of church related projects together.