James 3:13 NIV
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom
James 3:13 – Message
Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.
True wisdom will be noticed. It will show up in every area of your life. How you live. The things you say and do. Your willingness to let humility direct your life. Real wisdom will produce life.
All of us want to be counted with the wise, but being a person of wisdom requires something of us. The choices I make in life reveal whether I am walking in wisdom or not. My actions in difficult moments speak of whether wisdom is leading my life. Understanding that humility comes before honour is only appropriated in the life of the wise. What the world calls wise and what God calls wise are two different things. Yet, the Word says that if I lack it, I can ask and God will give it to me. Does that mean he will just drop wisdom into my mind? I personally do not think in most cases that is what it is. I believe often He will put me in a place where I can make choices that lead to wisdom (life) or death, but the choice is mine. What I do with what He lays before me will educate my life in wisdom.
How can I apply this to my life? Maybe for starters I can learn godly ways to humble myself. I can choose to live well and think about the cost of my choices.