Back in the days when I worked for county government, I was blessed to have several promotions which allowed me the opportunity to relocate to different offices throughout the region. One of those relocations occurred right before my annual two-week vacation, and the move was to our central headquarters in San Bernardino. Before I left on our trip, I packed my stuff, said goodbye to a room of puzzled expressions, and headed out for two weeks of rest.

I remember returning from a relaxing vacation and immediately setting up shop in an empty corner office at “central,” just a few doors down from my boss, as I’d been instructed. Right off the bat people began treating me differently — almost with reverence and awe. It was weird. So I asked a good friend of mine, what was going on? I was stunned by his answer.

Apparently, nobody had been told about my promotion or relocation, so everyone thought one day I must have been fed up of my old office, decided to pack my stuff, and audaciously snagged a “corner office” at the main headquarters! I had been marked by my coworkers as gutsy and bold, when in reality I was none of those things and it was all a big misunderstanding!

Nevertheless, that reputation followed me the entire time I was there, and it still makes me laugh today!

Likewise, the qualities and character traits that “mark” us as believers are also evident to all — for better or worse. As followers of Jesus Christ, our lives should be marked by wisdom, not foolishness. Wisdom isn’t just about what we know; it’s about how we apply what we know, and it all begins with who we know!

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” We all inherently lack wisdom, but it is freely and generously made available to us through God, the source of truth and wisdom! You see, Christ followers should not have a reputation for foolish behavior; instead, they should be marked by their wisdom. In doing so, we “walk worthy of the calling with which (we) were called” (Ephesians 4:1).

Let’s honestly consider the qualities that mark our lives as believers. Are we known for being wise, or are we known for our foolish behavior and poor decisions? Do we demonstrate a life lived well or poorly? Do we attract people to Jesus by walking worthy of our calling, or do we push people away? God’s word is clear — Jesus Christ is our eternal source of wisdom! That means we have every resource available to us to make wise decisions and to live life well.

In other words, we literally have no excuse for foolishness! So today, let’s purpose in our hearts to be marked as a people known for godly wisdom — a people marked by our precious Savior.

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