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Wisdom Comes with Roots in Oneself

Honesty is needed in knowing ones self

Honesty is needed in knowing one's self

Published on: Nov 15, 2009

In a previous post I came to realize that a lot of foolish thinking is coming from people who do not have root in themselves. These people do not have certainty regarding their own lives and experiences because they have looked to the wisdom of others. Too many of these people confuse transparency with authenticity. This error is illustrated by Ricky Gervais in his movie, “The Invention of Lying,” which I considered a waste of my money in viewing.

A wise reader, Melville, commented that we need self honesty to develop root in oneself. He further said,

… getting back to being real and following what God had put in our hearts to do, part of the problem is that the role models set up in Christianity are so typically those of missionaries and preachers, so that people are led to get into ministries before they have had or learned real and direct dealings with God.

This is a trap that I fell into, as well. I came to Christ through gymnastics, and left the sport to follow God in the “Ministry”. It was years later that I realized that God never intended for me to leave gymnastics. My coaching was my “ministry.” The Scriptures make the same statement:

1 Cor 7:20-24
20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you– although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave.
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to. (NIV)

Roots hold one down. They cause us to stand firm in one place. Those who do not have root in themselves are ever tossed to and fro with every wind and doctrine (Eph. 4:14). I traveled a lot in my youth and never came to any real understanding about life and the nature of creation because I was always in motion. Not until I married and bought a home that have lived in for the last 20 years have I come to understand life. It is amazing how much wild life can pass through one’s own backyard. It is in standing still that we know God and life.

Roots are created by trusting your own senses in perception through trial and error. In my own walk with Christ, I frequently review how He responds to me. When I have committed an act of gross sin, the Lord never spoke harshly to me. He let the consequences speak for themselves. I know Him because I pay attention to what He says and does in my life. He is brief and to the point. Much of the time His response are pregnant with so much more meaning that I have to meditate upon them for a long time before I realize the full import of what His response has been.

Hebrews says:

Heb 5:14
14 But solid food is for fullgrown men, (even) those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil. (ASV)

So much of what is going on in both the professional clergy congregations and the streams outside the established system lack substance because they are promoted by people without root in themselves. This root is not intellectual conviction regarding doctrine. It is organically a part of one’s life. It is built upon your experiences with God both directly and indirectly in life that become foundations to your heart and conscience in knowing right and wrong. Wisdom can not develop in people who have no root in themselves.

Comments to Original Post

Kat
Submitted on 11/23/2009

Very timely for me, Alex. I’m having to re-examine some things in my own life just now. I really appreciate this.

Joe
Submitted on 03/21/2010

Very well said and very true. Keep it coming….your water in a dry land.

Alexander
Submitted on 03/22/2010

Thank you, Joe, for your encouragement.

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