Wisdom is the skill of living life well. When God gave Solomon the opportunity to ask for whatever he wanted, Solomon asked for wisdom. God was so pleased with Solomon’s request, he granted him even more than he asked for, “both riches and honor” (1 Kings 3:13).
If you are a Christian, you have an awesome privilege and an awesome responsibility. Paul writes, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20). We are not only beneficiaries of the gospel, we are ambassadors for the gospel. God wants to invite others to believe in Him … through you! You are His ambassador.
“For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” (Romans 3:20-22). We are not saved by what we do, we are saved by believing in what Jesus did.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is our assurance that Christ’s death was accepted by the Father as payment in full for the sin of mankind. If the Father hadn’t been satisfied by Jesus’ sacrifice … Jesus would have remained dead in the tomb. The declaration “He is risen” is our assurance that when we place our faith in Jesus … we’re forgiven!
What is God’s answer for the sin problem of mankind. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Johns 3:16). We are sinners in need of a savior. God sent us his beloved son, Jesus, as our rescuer. We can’t save ourselves. We are saved by believing, and trusting in what Jesus has done for us.
The ugliness of Man’s sinfulness is compounded by the intensity of God’s holiness. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). In order for a sinful man to have a relationship with a holy God something extraordinary must bridge the gap between our sinfulness and God’s holiness – his name is Jesus!
To appreciate the good news of God’s Gospel we need to understand man’s need. The apostle Paul writes, “You were (spiritually) dead in your trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1). He goes on to say, “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ … having no hope and without God in the world” (v 12). Those are powerful words: dead … separated … no hope … without God. There was nothing we could do to remedy our situation. Man’s need is total, not partial.
There are some, today, who are living with a broken heart. I encourage you to allow God’s truth to minister deeply to your soul. Remember that this day, and the circumstances you are currently facing … are not the end of the story. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).