One.Life Blogging Project: Chapter 7 – Wisdom.Life

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This is part of a book blogging project for Scot McKnight‘s book, One.Life. In this blogging project, various contributors will be looking at each chapter of the book as McKnight unfolds his answer to the question, “What is a Christian?” I believe that what McKnight has to say will challenge each of us in different ways on how we view what it means to follow Jesus and how we help children and families understand that. Please interact with what is written here in the comments section below. Also, I encourage you to pick up One.Life and read along with us adding your thoughts and impressions as well.

The review for chapter 7 is submitted by Jared Massey. Jared is an associate pastor with a degree in Children’s and Family Ministry.  He is madly in love with his wife of 5 years and the two of them cannot spend enough time with their one year old son.  He blogs about what it’s like to do children’s ministry in a small town at Small Town Kidmin.

Chapter 7: Widsom.Life

When I think of wisdom, the first thought is of an old man with a gray beard whose eyes are full of experience.  You’re thinking of Gandalf as well, aren’t you?  But what if young men and women… what if children could live the wisdom.life?  The kingdom.life could,then, possibly happen here, today.

This is the picture Scot Mcknight paints.  He opens the chapter with the story that all of us are probably familiar with.  When God offered King Solomon any thing he desired, Solomon chose wisdom.  Then McKnight laments, “Tragically, what Solomon asked for and how he acted were poles apart.”

McKnight contrasts the foolish choices of Solomon with the wise writings of James in the New Testament.  He argues that the key difference between the two was that Solomon stopped receiving the wisdom of God, while James continually received instruction from his brother, Jesus.  McKnight believes that in order to be wise, we must hang around wise people and learn from them.

Sadly, many Christians today live more like Solomon and less like James.  Our reactions to situations and the decisions we make don’t reflect the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  I have heard that one of the greatest challenges to Christianity is the argument that we don’t live any different than anybody else even though we say we do.  Oftentimes, Christians are accused of being less compassionate towards issues of humanity and more concerned with rules and regulations.

What if every time we made a decision, we quickly asked ourselves, “What is the wise decision?”  Instead of asking what the  Christian thing to do is, we ask what the wise thing to do is.  How would our lives be impacted?  How would the lives around us be impacted?  What if we raised up a future generation who asked this question by habit before making any decisions?  I believe the impact to our world would be immeasurable.

I believe this because the impact to my own life would be huge.  If I lived by the principle of making the wise decision day in and day out, I would have better relationships, make better financial decisions, eat healthier, exercise more, use my time more efficiently, and wouldn’t say stupid things to my wife!  If I lived by this principle, the quality of life of those around me would aslo improve.  Multiply that by an entire generation of individuals, and imagine that world with me.

The best news is that world isn’t merely an unrealistic dream.  It is part of Jesus kingdom vision.  It is the world that He desired and died to make possible.  It will take work, but it can be achieved.  And it starts with you and me.

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3 thoughts on “One.Life Blogging Project: Chapter 7 – Wisdom.Life

  1. henryjz says:

    So glad you are a part of this project, Jared!

    I love it that McKnight tells us to stop asking what the Christian thing to do is. Instead we need to ask what the wise thing is. Such a little change in vocabulary but a HUGE change in ethos!

  2. Jared M says:

    I think if Jesus were defining the terms, He would have said the Christian thing to do and the wise thing to do were synonymous. Unfortunately, our definition of “What is a Christian” has become so messed up that the two answers are often at odds with each other.
    I think what I appreciate so much about Scot’s writings, One.Life included, is his devotion to rediscovering the roots of what it means to be a Christian. As we uncover these truths and apply them in our lives, they are world-shaping, kingdom-building truths.

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