If you are truly wise…
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. (Jas 3:13)
“I am, I am, listen to me!” So many want to toot our own horns and have people listen to us.
The truly wise are not those who SAY they are wise but those who show that they are wise. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. (Pro 17:28) My favorite way of saying the same thing is this:
It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
There is one way to show that you are wise and understanding. By your works! Oh, I know, we are back to that again, not just from chapter one (verse 23) but also chapter two (verse 14 to 26) but James is going to point out time and time again that works are an important part of our Christian lives.
It isn’t just the good conduct but that the good conduct is done in meekness. Here, meekness would carry with it an implied humility. Meekness is strength controlled. It does not mean weak but that, while you have to power to do a thing, that you don’t do an act out of control or in your own name/will.
Jesus said that we should do our good works privately, not for public consumption or praise. We are to do our good works so that God gets the glory. It is by our works that people can see if we are wise or not! When Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, needed wisdom on how to deal with the people’s request for lower taxes and leniency, he first consulted with the older counselors and then his young friends. he took the advice of his young friends…and the Kingdom was divided.
A business advisor giving you advice on money who does not have years of experience behind him (his own or working with those that guide him) is just as likely to give bad advice. Dave Ramsey, however, I would listen to!
Don’t try to be a teacher before your time. Take the time to let your works praise you and then others can listen to you.