Spiritual, godly wisdom springs from the knowledge of God, His character, and His Word. This spiritual knowledge leads to spiritual understanding of how God works—the ways of God. And spiritual understanding translates into spiritual wisdom, the final application of our knowledge of God and His ways into our daily decisions. It is this spiritual wisdom that God gives to Kingdom leaders to help us accomplish His purposes in us and through our leadership. It arises from spending time with Jesus and His Word, being taught by His Spirit, and learning from others who have done the same.
The catalyst for turning spiritual knowledge and understanding into spiritual wisdom is the Holy Spirit Himself, who lives within those who know Christ. He guides us to truth, helps us discern root issues, provides creative solutions to problems, and seeks to glorify Christ in and through us. He will bring the help that Kingdom leaders need. In Luke 2:46-47, the Jewish religious leaders were amazed at Jesus’ answers, given His age of twelve. It was no doubt a similar observation made about Peter and John when they were brought before the Jewish leaders, who “recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
Godly wisdom allows Kingdom leaders to accomplish God-given tasks in such a way that people thrive and God is glorified. They don’t seek credit for any success because they acknowledge that success comes from Him. They thus share the spotlight with those who serve with them. Such leaders are attractive; people move toward them not because of their charisma but rather because they sense that God is with them. They willingly submit to that leader’s influence.
Becoming a wise leader can help in your recruiting of talented people to your mission. Many have an internal, Spirit-discerned ‘radar’ that can detect wisdom in others, especially other leaders. And we move towards wise leaders, wanting to join up with them and the vision that they project. This same ‘radar’ can also detect foolishness and warns us to stay away from those who do not project God’s wisdom.
So, are you continuing in your pursuit of God’s wisdom for your life and leadership?
For more thoughts on leading with Kingdom wisdom: Growing Kingdom Wisdom