Scripture is full of verses exhorting us to be wise, hence making wise decisions. Yet, as we saw in a previous post, our human condition puts us in a place where we’re more likely to make unwise decisions apart from the grace of God.
God’s Grace Enables Us to Make Wise Decisions
1) Wise decisions, those marked by integrity and guided by pure motives, won’t come from following the ways of the world. We need a Source outside of and above ourselves — God’s grace.
Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. (1 Cor. 1:12)
2) Making wise decisions, as kingdom builders, starts with the realization that we and all we have belongs to God and we are accountable to Him for decisions we make in the process.
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, … If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. (1 Cor. 3:9-13)
3) Each person’s decisions matter, adding to the big picture, so we need to encourage one another to grab hold of God’s grace in order to make wise decisions.
For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. (1 Cor. 3:9-10)