August 16, 2016
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 16 August 2016
God's people are called to be “peacemakers” (Matt 5:9), and should thus seek to exhibit the unity that is true of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12).
First Corinthians 12:12 – For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
Although it may seem difficult to imagine, God’s people can truly find themselves seeking to accomplish things in the Lord’s name that are entirely contrary to his revealed purpose and will. First Corinthians addresses believers who had succumbed to divisions that frustrated the calling of God by aligning themselves against one another, and by employing worldly wisdom and persuasive power to give credence to their divisive habits. The power and wisdom of God is not dependent upon worldly wisdom (1 Cor 2:14-16); rather, those who are “spiritual” receive it because the Holy Spirit teaches them — through the revealed Word of God (the Bible) — how to have “the mind of Christ.”
The “wisdom of the world” is not all wrong; however, such wisdom often achieves faulty conclusions regarding truth (especially ultimate truth). What is mistaken regarding the world’s wisdom is that it is based upon human sinfulness, which means such wisdom tends to function contrary to God at crucial moments and times (with willful rebellion), and intellectual pride is the corollary. Within such a faulty condition, the wisdom of the world is blind to the wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:18-25), fails “to know God” (vv. 20-21), and is opposed to the gospel message (2:1-5). Furthermore, few who are called by God are intellectuals anyway (1:26-31) because God has chosen them primarily to proclaim God’s truth, as opposed to philosophizing.
The remedy for the harmful effects of worldly wisdom is to receive God’s wisdom with humility through the opportunity of the indwelling Holy Spirit (2:6-16), which is another way of stating that one should receive the revealed truth of the Bible, especially since the Holy Spirit ultimately gave the revealed truth of God in the form of 66 books (39 Old Testament / 27 New Testament). The believer’s union with Christ means that the Lord has become “wisdom from God” (1 Cor 1:30). Union with Christ should make all believers value Christ Jesus as the greatest wisdom of all, and that wisdom is found in the revealed Word of God, the Bible.
With all the decisions that are regularly expected and needed from us, certainly, it is crucial to prioritize time to hear and heed the wisdom of God. The wonderful joy of doing so will be in relying upon God’s power. Consequently, boasting will be done to the glory of God and one will know that decisions are made with an eternal perspective.
Your Capitol Missionary-Pastor,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.