I met a guy back in late November/early December. His name is Sam Douglass. He is a church planting coach and has coached many people that I am associated with. We happened to be on the same flight from Albany, NY to Chicago and so we sat together and he began to coach me for the next two hours.
One thing I remember him saying on that flight and one thing that I have been doing is praying Luke 2:52. We all know the story of when Jesus was a boy, hanging out in the temple, and being seperated from His parents. As Jesus "stayed behind" it tells us that He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people. Sam Douglass told me that I should pray in this way. I should pray that I would increase in wisdom and in favor with God and with people. I have been doing that.
As I read in Proverbs 2 this morning, this conversation that I had with Sam came to my mind. Read what Proverbs 2:1-6 says: "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."
How much is the wisdom of God worth to you? In life decisions do you first seek the wisdom of God? Are we drawing close to Jesus Christ, so that He can live through us?
Too many times us pastors, church planters, church leaders, make hastily decisions. Too many times we do not seek the wisdom of God. We do not fear God. Fearing God, Proverbs says, is the beginning of knowledge.
My challenge to you leaders is to have the wisdom of God. You are leading a church. You are leading a small group. You are making disciples. Therefore you need the wisdom of God and the favor of God and of people. People put their trust in you and you need to be sure that your relationship with God is top priority, so that your relationship with others is beneficial for God's Kingdom. Knowing God intimately is better than doing things for Him tirelessly.
Do you want to be like Jesus? Stay in constant communion with the Father and ask God to help you grow in wisdom and if favor with Him and humanity.