It was 1913 during the Welsh revival when Stephen Jeffreys was asked to preach a sermon at a church he would soon pastor. While giving his message Stephen realized the people were not listening to him. Instead they were transfixed on something behind him.
Turning around, he saw on the wall a vision of a lamb with a crown of thorns. The image would last for six hours. People left to call the rest of the town to see the miraculous picture. From all over the city skeptics and believers came. The newspaper would recount the event, those in attendance would simply weep, reflecting on the need for repentance and the call to give glory to the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).
Dr. Mike Smalley has often shared that if the devil died tomorrow, some 90% of people would not live any differently. The reason is their circumstances are due to their perceived identity and their own choices. It may be a common phrase that the devil made me do it, but in reality we conform our actions to the image we hold of ourselves.
For the people in Wales, the image that briefly appeared reminded them that they had been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20) and they needed to imitate the King of Kings with their very lives because he was their true identity. It is the same for us; we simply need to have the wisdom to know it in our heart of hearts.
Mike Murdock shares that your habits will take you further than your passions. As Solomon says, wisdom is the principle thing, and it takes wisdom to know what habits to incorporate into our lives. The question Dr. Murdock asks is, where do you store your wisdom and your discoveries? Knowledge is only potential power; it becomes real wisdom when we do what we know.
Our identity is the most powerful driving force in our lives. We will make choices that are congruent with the image we hold of ourselves. With wisdom we can learn to see ourselves as God sees us, and then our actions will conform to that image. Each of us may not be privy to a miraculous image, but wisdom is within reach of us all.
What is the quickest way to get wisdom? As Dr. Murdock shares, buy it. Invest in books and tapes from someone you admire and learn what they have learned over a lifetime and put in the pages of a book. Why spend more on your clothes or your car than your mind? Obtain the best resources to move you forward in your personal growth, such as those found on Cleveland's Moody Radio.
As the wisest man who ever lived shared, “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).