I wonder how I could be so stupid .”
you could magically ask for one thing in life, what would it be? To be rich?
To be famous? It’s certainly not wrong to be rich or famous. But there is
something that us much more valuable than these things. And that is wisdom
. How does someone become wise? It certainly isn’t something we can buy
or inherit. Jesus gives us the best teaching we can find on how to become
wise. The Bible tells us that as a child He grew in wisdom, and stature,
and favor in God and man, He knew the importance of honoring his parents,
for putting God first in his life, and of understanding the principles in
God’s Word , the Bible. Jesus taught that wisdom comes by building one’s
house on a firm foundation. A wise person builds his life on rock, rather
that on sand. When troubles come, and undoubtledy, we will all face trials
in our lives, our house will stand if it is built on the foundation of God
and a relationship with Jesus Christ. As we grow in wisdom, we will learn
to make right choices that will have lifelong results. A person does not
have to be old to be wise, and being older does not necessarily mean that
one is wise. But a young person is wise if he or she always asks for and
respects the advice of older people who have more experience. Wisdom is
not just knowing with our minds, but understanding with our hearts. Many
of the teaching of Jesus were hard for the religious leaders of his day
to understand , because they tried to figure everything out with their minds.
He taught that if our hearts are hardened, we will never understand even
the most basic of spiritual truths. If you commit yourself top studying
God’s word, the Bible, and keep your heart open to the message it contains,
you will become wise. .
, I realize how important it is to be wise. Help me to understand life with
a spiritual perspective and not just with my mind. Thank you .
MOST IMPORTANT DECISION
ever felt that you were all alone , with no one who really understood you
you like to have a good friend who would never leave you , who could help
you whenever you needed it ? You can meet a friend like this right now.
His name is Jesus. He has written you a “letter” to let you know about Him,
about who He is and what He did to try to become you friend. The most personal
part of that letter is that book you have in your hands. Jesus wants to
be with you all the time, but there is a problem. He cannot stay where there
is sin. Every time we lie, cheat, disobey or do other wrong things, we move
further from Jesus. We must remember He cannot stay where there is sin.
But Jesus loved everyone in the world just as they were, and he keeps loving
us the same way today, even though we have sinned. “For God so love the
world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall
not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) In His letter Jesus tells
us the best way a person can show his love is to be willing to even die
for his friend. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his
life for his friends.” (John 15:13) That’s just what Jesus did for us. But
why did He have to die? In order to show us just how much He wanted to be
our friend, Jesus decided to take our punishment for us. That way we could
be forgiven without having to pay for our own sin. God could treat us just
as if we had never sinned, and Jesus His Son could be our friend forever.
So do we have to die too? Not for our sins, because Jesus died for them
so we wouldn’t have to. And not forever, because Jesus died and resurrected
so we could live forever with him. In the letter He says: “ In my Father’s
house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you … I will
come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am .”
(John 14:2,3) That is what “eternal life” means in His letter.
believes in the Son has eternal life.” (John 3:36)
do we have to do to get rid of our sin so Jesus can be our friend? It’s
really easy. First we have to believe that what He wrote us in His letter
is true. And then all we have to do is ask Him to do what He said He would
do. In the letter it is called “praying.” Some of Jesus’ closest friends
once asked Him to teach them how to pray . They had seem Him doing it all
the time. So they wanted Him to show them how to pray. He taught them to
pray to their heavenly Father and ask Him to forgive their sins. So He taught
them to pray: “Our Father in heaven… forgive us our sins, for we also forgive
everyone who sins against us.” (Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:4)
not do it right now ? Just say:
Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for my sins. Please
forgive me for all the bad things I’ve ever done. I want Jesus to be my
savior and friend, now and forever .” Amen.