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Ephesians 1: 7-10, 17 (NRSVA)
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him,
Last week we took a deep dive into the life of the Apostle Peter. I’ve alway felt an affinity with Peter. Like Peter, I think I’m bold and strong. However on the opposite side, throughout my life I’ve always been headstrong, impulsive, quick to speak and react. I remember a teacher at school telling me I opened my mouth and let my belly rumble.
I worried these characteristics would get me into trouble when I entered ministry. I don’t ever want to hurt people through impulse or recklessness. I prayed about this and God’s answer was, ‘Look to Jesus Laura.’ True wisdom starts with Jesus. God gave us Jesus as an example of how to live, how to interact with each other, how to handle ourselves, how to love and how to forgive.
I’m finding that like Peter I’m learning to be a leader. I’m learning to be more measured in my response. I’m learning to think before I speak, take my time before replying to an email! I’m learning to be kinder. A friend joked that God gave me the gift of wisdom at my ordination but that isn’t the case. Wisdom is the gift of God that comes when you keep your eye, heart and mind fixed on Jesus.
In the words of the song ‘God I Look to You’ by Jenn Johnson:
“God I look to You, I won't be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You're where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do”