"so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 3:10)
πολυποίκιλος… polupoikilos… much variegated, that is, multifarious: - manifold. (Strong's)
His wisdom is variegated, multifaceted, subtle, profound, exquisite, infinitely more than the portions I have understood and embraced.
If our Bible study is boring, we are missing something; if we think we have God all figured out and explained, maybe it is time for a renewal of our minds. How well does God really fit in the theological boxes that we construct for Him?
Sometimes it feels like I plateaued at some point without really noticing. I acquired a certain basic level of knowledge about God and then just sort of coasted after that. The decisions I make, the opinions I express, the avenues of counseling I pursue, the direction I take in personal discipleship sessions, seem to emanate more from a rather dormant orthodoxy lying about in the background. Time doesn’t help either. As the years add up, it gets easier to coast… to just hang on until it’s time to punch out.
I hope that time does not shrivel my desire to inquire, to discover, to be excited about what God still wants me to learn about Him. Maybe that is partly why the Holy Spirit indwells me. He is the One that keeps me searching for a fresh perspective… a pure heart… a fuller embrace of His wisdom.
But true wisdom cannot just be about changing me and keeping me fresh: "...might be known by the church". It is collectively our vocation to portray and communicate His multifaceted, infinite wisdom to our world.
Resting on my laurels after arriving at a level of understanding that I almost subconsciously tag as "adequate" not only leaves me open to blinding ignorance, it shortchanges the people who depend on me for a "word from the Lord" (Jer. 37:17).
Thankfully, God's grace is as variegated and marvelous as His wisdom!
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" (1 Peter 4:10)
I am certain that I have not lived up to my potential, that He has given me so much more than I have given to others. I am certain that His grace facilitates the living out of His wisdom.
Greg was raised near Milwaukee, WI. He has lived outside of the United States since 1976... first in Central America and, since 1982, in Cancun, Mexico.
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18
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"For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." Philemon 1:7
Refreshing the Bones by Greg Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.