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Wise and competent

Old Testament scholar, Gerhard Von Rad once wrote that wisdom means becoming competent with regard to the realities of life: how things really happen, how things really are, and what to do about it.  Wisdom is not just knowing the principles and rules to live by, or to minister by, but it is knowing how to apply biblical principles and values in changing contexts.wisdom1

It involves becoming ‘competent’, that is becoming skilled and experienced, in both character and work.  That dual balance is a necessity for all of us.

The one without the other leaves us limping through our work or creating havoc in our lives and the lives of others.

Solid character, built on the wisdom of God and worked out in community, is essential.  However, solid character with low work competence limits a person’s capacity to influence and train others.

Solid work skills, formed through input and on the ground training, are vital.  However, solid work skills coupled with poor character leads to dangerous contexts that cause negative impact in others’ lives.

Growing in this kind of biblical wisdom involves community.  Just read through the book of Proverbs and you are struck by how often growth in wisdom occurs in a collective or community context.

We all need a community that not only nurtures us, but actually transforms us when it comes to learning and applying of biblical wisdom to our lives and ministries.

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