One of the most fascinating verses in the Bible is Luke 2:52. It says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Did you catch that? It actually says that Jesus grew in wisdom. Think about that. Jesus – God in the flesh – increased in wisdom. If Jesus can grow in wisdom then how much more do I need to grow in wisdom?
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom” in Proverbs 4:7. It’s interesting that Solomon placed so much value on wisdom that he actually called it the “principle thing.” In other words, he is telling his readers that it should be of utmost importance in their lives. Then he says, “go get it” indicating that the pursuit of wisdom is each individual’s responsibility. This seems to hint that wisdom won’t automatically come with age or even with experience. No, Solomon seems to be encouraging everyone to make a life habit of the pursuit of wisdom. The fact that the Bible claims that Jesus grew in wisdom would then indicate that he made a habit of it’s pursuit as well.
Leaders are called leaders because they are influential in the lives of others and as we learned from Uncle Ben in the movie Spider-man, “with great power comes great responsibility.” If Solomon instructs everyone to make a habit of pursuing wisdom then it would make sense that it is of greater importance for leaders. The fact is, the moment a leader stops growing is the moment the organization stops growing.
So what does it mean to grow in wisdom? Wisdom is applied knowledge. Knowledge doesn’t come for free, it must be pursued. The getting is up to us. But, just gaining knowledge is not enough, it must be appropriately applied to our lives, then it becomes wisdom.
So, the question must be asked of each of us. What are we doing daily to pursue wisdom? If our daily habits don’t reflect the pursuit of wisdom, how do we get started?
I think the first step to the pursuit of wisdom is to be confident in your purpose and calling. If you are not confident in what you are called to do, you will be less passionate about the pursuit of wisdom. If you are unsure of what you are called to do, I would encourage you to answer the 8 questions Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy ask in the Life Plan Summary as a great start to defining your purpose.
I would encourage you to invest the time to answer these 8 questions and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you in this process. For many of you, this may be a pivotal moment in your life, so don’t take it lightly. Be as thorough as you can be.
Once you have a Life Plan clearly established, you will be able to make daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly habits that will greatly enhance your pursuit of wisdom. Your daily habits form your future. So get started today on developing the future you have only dreamed about.
Question: How do you regularly grow yourself in knowledge and wisdom?
Recommended book: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth by John Maxwell