The reason I wrote this message is because, according to the Bible, to know the value of wisdom is the highest priority and of chief importance to any Christian who has a calling upon their life to serve Jesus Christ and to receive their eternal inheritance. The Scripture says, “Wisdom is the principal thing” (see Proverbs 4:7). God commanded me to write anything He shows me and to hold nothing back, so I’d like to elaborate as to why God’s Wisdom is truly the “principal thing” of life. A lot of people have not known the value of the Word of God, but it is evident in the Scriptures that the Apostle John identifies Jesus as “The Word” who was in the beginning with God and “was God” (see John 1:1). In this statement, God is identifying His Word as a living Person, even God Himself! King Solomon also wrote a lot about the importance of Wisdom, even personifying it as a female, who ordered and directed God as He created all things (see Proverbs 8:22). The purpose of this writing is to convince the Body of Christ of their desperate need of God’s Wisdom and knowledge, and to know that abundant life, success, and total happiness can be attained in no other way. Some people have forsaken this path of life in pursuit of worldly pleasure, or money, or an earthly career, or seeking a wife, and they’ve thought that happiness can come to them in some other way than seeking and abiding with God’s Living Truth. How foolish and unbelieving! Did not Jesus essentially say to His disciples, “The Gentiles seek all these things (earthly blessings such as food, clothing, money, entertainment, a spouse, a home, land), but you believers ought to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you (even one hundred fold)”? (see Matthew 6:33, Matthew 19:29) They laugh at anyone who truly desires to discover the riches of the Kingdom as their highest priority, not knowing they are following the unbelieving ways of the world, which go no where and end in frustration of soul. A college degree may be good for some people’s career, or an intellectual religion, but there is not one iota of life or peace for the soul found therein, because it’s not centered in the living pool of Christ’s Life or the doing of the will of God. God’s will, which is eternal life, is to seek His Kingdom first, and not let any idols replace Him, also receiving all the spiritual blessings in Christ by faith and obedience (Ephesians 1:3). Finances come with waiting upon the Lord, preparing for the work of ministry, and finding your God-given assignment and talent, using your hands, mind and mouth to create useful things for others. Wisdom and understanding take full dedication, they take much time waiting, praying, and delighting in God’s presence, but they will bring life to the soul, and they will bring enrichment and joy as people confess and believe the truth of God. Solomon, the wealthiest man in history, discovered this in his life: “…the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom giveth life to them that have it” (Ecclesiastes 7:12). To work and labor for perishable things like money is a life of unbelief, which is okay for some people, but not the true believing Church of Christ, which is the Seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:29). God’s people do not labor for perishable things like money, they labor and receive honest wages only for God’s glory, according to the skills God gives, and are partakers of God’s joy. Their reward is heavenly, and they do not gain this inheritance when they die, but when the Testator died on the Cross, and left us as heirs in His will, to obtain His glory (Hebrews 9:16-17). What a person seeks after is an indication of what their focus in life is, or what their heart and mind value, so it’s important true Christians study the Bible and pray, knowing that God will bring the unspeakable rewards according to the riches of His grace. As Jesus said, “you can’t serve two masters, God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). It’s only singleness of mind and heart, singleness of tongue and a single eye that pleases God, even an eye single to His glory.
Here are a few Scriptures that will help explain this:
“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” - Proverbs 23:4
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” - John 6:27
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” - Acts 26:18
“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” - Hebrews 9:15