From the Well - 2/28/2019

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Ephesians 3:8-13 (NRSV) 

8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. 13 I pray therefore that you may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory.

Two sisters, one with the gift of wisdom and one with the gift of discernment, inherited the family ranch. Unfortunately, after a few years they found themselves in financial trouble. The wise sister suggested that in order to keep the bank from re-possessing the ranch they should purchase a bull from the stockyard in a far town so they could breed their own stock. They had only $600.00 in their bank account.

The discerning sister was sent to the town to buy the bull because she was the best at making decisions. "When I get there," she told her wise sister, "I will decide which bull to buy and then I'll contact you to drive out after me to haul it home."

The discerning sister arrived at the stockyard, inspected all of the bulls and after a time of meditation and prayer decided which one to buy. The owner of the yard informed her that he would sell the selected bull for $599 and no less. After paying him, she went to telegraph her wise sister to let her know the news.

She walked into the telegraph office and said, "I want to send a telegram to my sister to inform her that I have bought a bull for our ranch. I need to tell her to hitch the trailer to the pickup and drive here so we can haul it home."

The telegraph operator informed the discerning sister that her message would be 99 cents a word. After paying for the bull, the discerning sister only had $1.00 left. She realized she could only send one word to her sister. After thinking and praying about what word she should use she said to the operator, I want you to send the word "comfortable."

The operator shook his head and said, "How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to the truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word "comfortable."

The discerning sister said to the telegraph operator, "My sister is very wise and reads slowly so as to get the full meaning of every word . . . com-for-da-bull."[1]

Paul reminds us that Wisdom in important and that it needs to be made known to "rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." So what is wisdom? Wisdom is God. It is light. Wisdom honors what is good, loving, and grace-filled. As someone has said, "Wisdom tells the truth, it doesn't lie. Wisdom may be mistaken, but wisdom will accept correction. Wisdom learns."

Wisdom is reverence for God, loves God, works with God, works on behalf of God, loves other people, and allows others to love back. Wisdom is joy, appreciation for all of creation, believes in goodness, and believes in the value of all people. True wisdom is following the greatest of all wisdom teachers, Jesus Christ, and knowing that Christ knows the mind of His Father because He is the Father's Son. Wisdom is clinging to Jesus even when we are not sure where He may take us knowing the He will lead us out of the darkness. Think about it.

Matthew

[1] Adapted. Author unknown.