When I was in school, kids used to pretend not to know the answers to impress other people. Although they had book knowledge and knew what the answers were, they would rather deny the truth to please others.
Pertaining to the life of a Christian, this kind of thinking still goes on today. For example, there are those who would rather deny the truth of God’s Word to be accepted by others. If they don’t totally deny it, they water it down, sugarcoat it, or tell half of it.
Then, there are those who only discuss the parts of the Bible that make them comfortable. Worse, they only want to teach what people want to hear because they don’t want to be rejected. These sorts of things should not be and are not pleasing to God.
“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”Titus 1:16
As believers in Christ Jesus, we must be bold in our faith and honor God with our lives. This includes being prepared and okay with being rejected for following godly wisdom. Ultimately, it means choosing godly wisdom over knowledge of the world.
Let me be clear. Choosing godly wisdom means standing up for what is right according to God’s Word. Most importantly, it means allowing the Holy Spirit, and not a person, to tell you how to think or how to live in this world.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”Ephesians 5:15-16
As the Bible says, we must remember what we have seen and heard of God and do it (Philippians 4:9). When we get around others, we should not reject godly wisdom but embrace it. By allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, we will choose to please God over our need to be liked or accepted by others.
“No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields a peaceful harvest of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”Hebrews 12:11