Being Christians shouldn’t make us lose common sense

Wisdom resides with God, as a result, any moment a person begins to look for wisdom in order to do certain things – that person should look to God or (as a matter of urgency) look for one of the children of God.

The Holy Scriptures expressly says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”, James 1:5, NKJV. This passage is important in this discussion because it is a pointer to the fact that wisdom comes from God, however, God only answers some prayers for the people that have relationship with Him. So what does it mean to have relationship with God?

Relationship with God explained, its implications

Simply put, to have a relationship with God is to have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour – recognising and accepting His humanity, as well as, His deity for only then can one submit to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, accepting the Lordship of Jesus Christ is a conviction of faith orchestrated by the Spirit of God.

To this end, God recognises those that belong to Him through Jesus Christ because Jesus is the true way to God (John 14:6), and as a confirmation that God recognises people, Jesus Christ who only does what He sees the Father doing while on earth (John 5:17) declared, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand”, John 10:27-28, NKJV. Thus, we can say that the Son, Jesus Christ, does not say anything of His own also except on the occasions that His humanity demands, such as: when He was tired, hungry and dying on the cross.

Looking at this explanation, therefore, one should note that God would answer if an unbeliever should pray for the forgiveness of sin or that God should reveal Himself unto the sinner, but some prayers from an unbeliever would be treated as abominations before God (John 9:31).

How does one’s relationship with God gives wisdom?

Having explained that wisdom is received from God and that only those who have relationship with Him could enjoy the benefits of answered prayers, it is worthy to note that your relationship with God can make you wise in that the Holy Spirit would begin to dwell in you from the time that you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

This Holy Spirit is the spirit of God and what He does is to empower children of God to do things that are, naturally, impossible. When Jesus got to Nazareth and opened the book of Prophet Isaiah, He read “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, Luke 4:18-19, NKJV – it is glaring, from here, that Jesus Christ was able to do all that He did on earth because the Holy Spirit came upon Him as a result of His relationship with God (Matthew 3:17; 17:5): at another time the Jews were amazed at the wisdom that was emanating from Jesus Christ knowing that He never learned at any of their schools (John 7:15).

Unfortunately wisdom is far from some Christians

This is because many so called Christians are, only, religiously gallivanting around absent proper wisdom. While some have been brainwashed, others have suspended their common sense with religious activities – to their own detriment.

Originally, being a believer in Christ is supposed make one an example for people in the world not only in religious matters but in all facets of life (Matthew 5:13-16) but the reverse is the case for many believers; Christians constituting nuisances to their environment has become common in the society today. As a matter of fact, some Christians (predominantly in Africa) still believe that there is witchcraft in technology and would dare not aim at attaining quality standard of living not to talk of family planning (which they see as rebellion against God’s mandate in Genesis 1:18).

Sometimes, it irritates to discover Christians who cannot discuss intelligently and would resist any attempt to help them improve in life: this set of people would claim that once you have the Holy Spirit you neither need to deploy some sort of strategies nor learn other skills, claiming that the Holy Spirit would enable a believer to do what he/she needs to do; this is not right in any sense.

It should be noted that the gifts of a man that could bring him before great men must be sharpened to deliver awesome results, but when polished skills are combined with godly wisdom even great men would request the presence of the man with skills. Such is the story of Daniel and his threeHebrew friends: MashackShadrack and Abednego who were conscripted into the service of the King of Babylon for the following qualities: king’s descendants, children of nobles, in whom there was no blemish, good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand – having been trained for their services to the king these four were found 10 times better than their contemporaries but what made the difference in them was the Spirit of God that was upon them (Daniel 1).

We should rather make sense

Common sense connotes a state of being able to maximise that functionality of the human brain to one’s advantage and to the benefits of human race. In this light, a Christian with common sense would be able to use every potential that the Lord had blessed him/her with.

It is common sense that will make a believer to realise that God would not do anything that lies within human’s ability; it is common sense that would push a believer to discover his/her glory for living of which M. Munroe said:

Everywhere we turn, we are surrounded by glory. If we but have eyes to see it, glory is all around us. There is glory in every tree, in every flower, and in every blade of grass. Every living creature displays glory: every bird, every fish, every insect and creeping thing, as well as every mammal, from the great elephant in the jungle to the tiny mouse in the field. Glory shines forth from the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the other heavenly bodies sprinkled across the vast canopy of space. There is glory in every human being on earth.[1]

That said, it must be noted that displaying glory is not limited to an aspect of life, instead, it is all-encompassing and is occasioned by one’s ability to use his/her common sense, especially, as Christians.

You are invited into a relationship with God

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, kindly say the prayers below:

Father I am sorry for running away from your grace all these years. Today, I return to you – accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Give me strength to carry on my identity with you all through life, in Jesus name I prayed. Amen.

To grow in the decision that you have just take, please, join a church by the leading of the Holy Spirit, but more importantly, read your bible daily, pray to God daily, tell about others about Jesus Christ (as often as possible) and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life daily.

Congratulations.


[1] Myles Munroe, The Glory of Living (USA: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 2005), 17.

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