Here are the slides from this morning > Which Kingdom 3 – what is wise
Here is the video of Andy Stanley > http://justaskit.org/musical-chairs
This question will save you a lot of money. Save you a lot of time. More importantly, this question will save you a lot of tears. In fact, your greatest regret would have been avoided if you had asked this simple question and then acted on it.
What is the wise thing to do?
Full version – In light of my past experience, my current circumstances and my future hopes and dreams, what’s the wise thing for me to do?
Not “right thing” but the wise thing.
If you don’t opt for wisdom, you accidentally opt for some other things. If you walk away from wisdom – understand this – is to walk towards something else. Many of us have never considered what we’re backing into when we say, “You know what? I know what the wise thing to do is, I’m just not going to do it.”
The fool knows but just doesn’t care.
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Proverbs 26:11.
“A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes…” Proverbs 10:23
If you have an area of your life where you say, “I know this is wrong but I’m going to do it anyway”, Solomon would say you’re a fool. A fool knows the difference between right and wrong and they just don’t care. A fool knows the consequences of doing wrong, they just don’t care.
To that, you’d say, “That is offensive, I’m never coming back to church”. Yes, you will. You’ll come back when you’ve experienced the cure for being a fool…
The cure for the simple = Time.
The cure for the fool = Tragedy.
Here’s the thing you need to know – in your mind it is – “It’s my life, I can do what I want to. It’s my body, I can do what I want to. It’s my money, I can do what I want to. I’m not hurting anyone else.”
That’s just not true. This is where your foolishness has blinded you to your selfishness.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Prov 13:20
“a companion of fools – OR — of a foolish husband of, of a foolish wife, of a foolish father, of a foolish boss, of a foolish brother, of a foolish friend … suffers harm.”
The tragedy of being a fool and of knowing right and wrong but just not caring isn’t that you just hurt yourself, its that eventually, you will hurt someone else. And you can say all day long, “it wasn’t my intention” – yeah but their still hurt. “I never mean to” – but they still got hurt. Because the companion of fools suffers harm and your actions carry consequences.
Correct the simple and they won’t get you.
Correct the fool and they will ignore you.
Correct the mocker and they will hate you.
Correct the wise and they will thank you.
Eventually the simple, fool and mocker all will need wisdom. At some point, they find themselves in a situation where they can’t talk their way out of, think their way out of, criticize their way out of. Eventually, they need to work things out, get out of debt, break an addiction, rescue a marriage, reestablish contact with their kids – at some point, everyone sitting in these seats needs wisdom.
The problem is, if you sit in these seats long enough, Solomon would say you won’t even be able to recognize wisdom. If you sit too long, you won’t even be able to hear wisdom.
It is heart breaking to be a pastor or counselor when people, who intentionally sat in these chairs for too long and they finally decide they want to fix their life, sit and tell you their story. They say, “help me” and you think two things – 1) why did you wait so long and 2) what you want, you can never have in this life – you’ve done permanent damage to your life, to your relationships and in some cases, to your soul – not from God’s perspective but in the context of this life because you just stayed there too long and you knew it.
You reap what you sow. You’re sowing, sowing, sowing, sowing and when you begin to reap, a counselor cannot erase the cause and effect consequences of sowing and reaping.
If you’re a mocker, you think “I can control outcomes. I can control outcomes. I can control outcomes.” No, you can’t. And because there are certain things you cannot fix, there will be certain things you can never experience because you were too arrogant to admit that your wife, your co-worker, your friend, your children, your brother, your boss … were right.
But here is the good news … whoever listens to me (wisdom says) … will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. 1:33