I start with Jesus. I must. That is where wisdom starts.
King Solomon teaches me that “The fear of the MASTER is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)
I am on a journey. It begins with knowing Jesus and leads me to wisdom.
That their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, the Messiah Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2–3
True knowledge comes from knowing Jesus. In respect and awe (aka fear), I learn from Him. I get to know Him and what He wants me to do. In Him are all the treasures of life, wisdom and knowledge. This is stunning good news. I don’t have to search for truth, I know the person of Truth.
If I want to understand something, I need to understand Jesus. Jesus knows what is what. Jesus is insight into great mysteries. I can know what is hidden from others who don’t know Jesus.
Paul makes an amazing observation. He notes we have the mind of the Messiah. I can see things the way Jesus does. I have His mind in my heart and soul.
One of the marks of maturity is discernment — the ability to penetrate beneath the surface of life and see things as they really are. Unsaved people “walk by sight” and really see nothing. They are spiritually blind. The maturing disciple of Jesus grows in his spiritual discernment and develops the ability (with the Spirit’s help) to understand more and more of the will and mind of God. The Corinthians lacked this discernment; they were spiritually ignorant.
To “have the mind of Messiah” does not mean we are infallible and start playing God in the lives of other people. Nobody instructs God! To “have the mind of Christ” means to look at life from the Saviour’s point of view, having His values and desires in mind. It means to think God’s thoughts and not think as the world thinks.
Wisdom begins with “fear of the Master”. In the Bible, the word translated “fear” can mean several things. It can refer to the terror one feels in a frightening situation. It can mean “respect” in the way a servant fears his master and serves him faithfully. Fear can also denote the reverence or awe a person feels in the presence of greatness. The fear of the Master Jesus is a combination of all of these.
Fear of the Master can be defined as “the continual awareness that our loving heavenly Father is watching and evaluating everything we think, say, and do”. As Jesus told each of the seven churches in Revelation 1—2, “I know your works.” Nothing escapes His attention.