Who we are to look for:
People who are in need of wisdom, obviously. However, these people are described as wanting it, too. A lot of people want to know what to do. They want to learn how to be successful in life and make the right choices to live a fulfilling life. It is our job to find these people and tell them about the blessings of knowing God and His wisdom. These people can also include saints who already have a relationship with God, but are looking for more instruction in Him. We find these people by letting the Spirit lead us. However, there are a lot of different people at different levels of relationship with God. How do we address these different types of people when we find them?
How to talk to them
Notice, this invitation is to a celebration. When we invite people to parties, they aren't done with a frown or a monotone voice. We don't talk negatively towards the person. We invite people to parties with smiles, excited voices and positive speech because we want them to come and enjoy what is being offered. That's how God is with distributing wisdom, understanding and revelation. It's a party for Him because He gets to pour into someone who didn't have those things before. It's an opportunity for salvation or reconciliation. God gets excited about these opportunities and so should we. So we have the tone, but what about what we are actually suppose to say?
What to say
We are to tell these people that the Word and Spirit of God is freely offered to them to help them advance in their lives. This lets them know that God is looking to speak to them from multiple different platforms and has both ready-made wisdom for them (e.g. the Bible) and wisdom that comes daily from seeking him (i.e. prayer, fasting, teaching, etc.) We are also to tell them to abandon the ways of the world and to embrace the path of understanding God. This doesn't mean they need to go live on a commune, but it does mean that there are things they'll need to sacrifice in order to attain the wisdom of God. Having the knowledge of what to say is great, but it will only go so far if we don't recognize that there are a lot of different people out there.
Talking to different people:
When someone already has a relationship with Christ, its easy to talk about certain things candidly. They have the Spirit of God in them and can typically receive correction and instruction more easily than someone who has never experienced Christ in their lives or even someone who has fallen away. For those who don't have relationship with God, our job is simply to offer the invitation. After that, it is up to God to deal with them personally. If they want to learn more in Christ, they will make that decision and come to us gladly. If not, our job is to simply love them and let them know we are there for them.
Putting it All Together
Having a mindset of who we are to reach for, how we should speak to them, what we should say and understanding how to deal with different people will make a huge difference in bringing wisdom to the world. We can be difference makers in our communities if we commit to applying these concepts in our witness. Praying for God to lead us to people, to give us the right mindset with how to interact with them, exactly what we should say and how we should say it and the wisdom of how to talk to specific people will go a long way to advancing our witness and our own wisdom in God.
Pray for God to lead you in the four above areas
Make a list of people you know who need God's wisdom for their lives
Begin to pray that God will lead you in how to help them
Pray for God to add to your list as you advance in spreading the good news of Christ to others
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