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James 3: 13 and 17 and James 1:5
Have you ever heard your Mom talk about a “hope chest?” It’s a chest that ladies fill with items they want to use when they get married. You might say those items give them hope for a happy life.
I brought a different kind of hope chest to show you. It’s my wisdom bag. Wisdom is a big word that I like to describe as “knowledge applied.” In other words, using my best ideas in the best way.
James 3:13 says, “Are any of you wise or sensible? Then show it by living right and by being humble and wise in everything you do.” (CEV)
Inside this bag is the wisdom I use in my daily life. (Turn bag upside down.) Oops, it looks like my wisdom bag is empty. I would hate to think I used it all up yesterday.
Wait, the Bible also says in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (NIV) That means if our wisdom bag is empty, all we have to do is ask God.
Of course we can’t see wisdom. But we can see the results of wisdom in our lives. In James 3:17 we find, “But the wisdom that comes from above leads us to be pure, (produce box 1)
Wow, it’s a gift box. Reminds me of how God gives us wisdom. James 3:17 (CEV) goes on to say that the wisdom from God is also; friendly, (box 2) gentle, (box 3) sensible, (box 4) kind, (box 5) helpful, (box 6) and genuine and sincere. But it looks like I ran out of gift boxes. (Place boxes back inside bag.) I guess it’s a good thing I ran out of boxes because I also ran out of room inside my bag. (Show all boxes fill bag.)
You can be overflowing with wisdom too. According to the book of James, all you have to do is ask.
I brought a gift for you. It’s a wisdom bag. Actually it’s just a paper bag but inside the bag are all the verses from James that we talked about today. You can think of it as your Wisdom Starter Kit.
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