Assessing All Claims to Heavenly Wisdom Back to all sermons

Date: August 6, 2017

Speaker: Pastor Eric Borgstrom

Series: Special Topic

Category: selfishness

Scripture: James 3:13–3:18

Tags: jealousy, bitterness, selfishness

What’s the difference between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom? The man filled with the wisdom of the world elevates himself and his own interests above all, and is perpetually discontent because life never seems to deliver all the good things he is so certain he deserves. He is marked by a heart of bitter jealousy, angry at the injustices he must constantly endure, and galled that everyone else seems to have it so much better than he. His relationships sour when they fail to conform to his desires. His employer is too hard on him, his family doesn’t understand him, and he is forever vexed by trials and disappointments. This is the fruit of worldly wisdom. It is a worldview of unbelief, where we become God and all things exist for our pleasure. In contrast, the wisdom of God leads us to dethrone ourselves and treat people with dignity, mercy, and love. Every difficulty becomes a means to trust the Lord, and every relationship is an opportunity to serve and to demonstrate the work of the gospel in our heart.