What is the greatest compliment you have ever been given? Do you most cherish the words from your family calling you smart after receiving straight A’s in school? Is it the time a friend called you kind or loyal? Or is it the most beloved compliment of beauty from a childhood crush that you’ll never forget? My love language is definitely words of affirmation, and if you are anything like me (a girl ☺), then you probably crave sweet and genuine words from others to build you up, too.
As a believer, being called a “wise girl/woman” is one of the greatest compliments we can receive because it reveals that our character reflects that of Christ. Wisdom is more than us obeying a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s more than being on the “goodie two shoes” list. It is about imitating and reflecting the very person and glory of God – His Son, Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul describes how Christ is the very wisdom and power of God in 1 Corinthians 1:30. It says, “And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” This verse tells us that Christ is our wisdom in three specific ways, which allow us to become the very image of our Savior to the world.
Christ Is Our Wisdom in Righteousness
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “righteousness” as “morally good; acting in accord with divine or moral law.” Romans 3:23 explains that all humans are sinners and not morally good; however, through His sacrifice, Christ has made a way for us to be morally good (aka righteous). He alone has made those of us who have repented of our sins and received His grace through faith in Him right before God. He is our righteousness. 1 Corinthians 1:17 says that wisdom does not come from this world through eloquent words or good deeds, but wisdom is the power of God through the Gospel of Christ. We are made wise in Christ because He has made us righteous in the eyes of God. Imagine taking the ACT (which we all know is rigged and IMPOSSIBLE to make a perfect score on). You get your test scores back, and you did not even get one answer correct. You would be devastated, embarrassed, frustrated, and absent of hope for any future education. But what if someone anonymously took the test for you and made a perfect score? You didn’t do anything to deserve it, but your future turned from hopelessness to scholarships galore and “Hello Harvard!” In the same way, we don’t deserve the grace of God through Christ, but He has made us righteous and heirs to all the blessings of God.
Christ Is Our Wisdom through Sanctification
“Sanctification” according to Merriam-Webster is just a fancy word that means “the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after conversion [salvation].” We become wise through the process of sanctification. We know that when we become a believer, we are righteous in God’s eyes, but we still struggle with sin all the time. Just the other day I found myself impatiently snapping at my husband as he was coming in from work. He was asking me a series of questions I didn’t want to answer. It doesn’t sound that bad, except that I was sitting in my chair reading my Bible and having my devotion time with the Lord. How’s that for hypocrisy? Thankfully, we have a patient God who, despite our sin, still desires for us to be holy. He desires for us to be set apart, like His Son, and He gives us the tools to do so. It takes some work on our part through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us, but we can become wise like Christ (1 Corinthians 2). Hebrews 5:13-14 and 1 Timothy 4:5 teach that we are made holy and grow in maturity by the Word of God and prayer. The Bible is full of instructions for us to follow to become wise.
Sanctification reminds me of the one time in my life I stole something from a store. I asked my parents for two beanie babies, and yes they were still cool then. My mom made me choose one even though I cried and begged for both. I decided I needed both despite her reprimand and stole the other one in my pocket. My older sister told on me as most siblings would. Unfortunately for me, we were out of town at my grandparent’s house, and my dad had left our normal wooden paddle at home. So instead I ended up getting the most painful whipping of my life with a switch, which I rightly deserved. To this day, I will NEVER even contemplate stealing again. My parent’s guidance and discipline growing up helped me grow in wisdom for life decisions. God disciplines us and teaches us as believers because He loves us, and He wants us to experience the joys of wisdom through holiness and obedience to His commands.
Christ Is Our Wisdom for Redemption
“Redemption” is the act of exchanging something for a reward. In Christianity, it means that Christ saved us from our sins and eternal separation from Him in Hell and saved us to the amazing eternal reward of heaven. He has promised us heavenly riches and glory as heirs to His very throne. We not only have the hope of eternal redemption with Christ forever, but we have access to these promises right now (Romans 8)! Yes, we suffer in this world as we are still tainted by the effects of sin; but, we are able to be full of the joy of the Lord in any circumstance because we have all the riches of God’s grace in Christ available to us now. The reality of who we are in Christ and our future hope for eternal life with Him will never change. Does your life reflect that confidence and security in Christ forever? Do you excitedly proclaim to others who do not share the same hope that they can experience this wisdom with you?
True wisdom is a virtue that only the Lord can give to us by His righteousness through our sanctification for our redemption. We often think “wisdom” means pursuing higher education or perfecting all of Pinterest’s suggestions. The truth is that no matter your age, past track record, or current circumstances, you can be wise right now because of Christ. Do you have a relationship with Him? If not, surrender to Him in faith as your Lord and Savior. If you do have this relationship, are you becoming wise everyday through God’s Word and prayer? Are you hoping in the redemption we have as daughters of God and inviting others to be a part of that same hope? Ladies, it’s time that we stop living for ourselves in foolishness, and start living for Christ who is the manifestation of wisdom and who will make each of us “wise beyond our years.”
Heavenly Father, thank you that Christ is Chokhmat Elohim, the wisdom of God. Thank you that we are also wise in the righteousness of Christ through the process of sanctification. Thank you that I have everlasting hope in Christ and am made wise for redemption. Be my wisdom, LORD, and let others see You as I become wise beyond my years.