Pr. 16:21: “The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.”
I was reading Matthew 13:52 this morning, which is one of those verses I never noticed before. Here is the verse:
“Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
This is what Matthew Henry’s commentary said, “A skillful, faithful minister of the gospel is a scribe, well versed in the things of the gospel, and able to teach them. Christ compares him to a good householder, who brings forth fruits of last year’s growth and this year’s gathering, abundance and variety, to entertain his friends. Old experiences and new observations, all have their use. Our place is at Christ’s feet, and we must daily learn old lessons over again, and new ones also.”
Our place is at Christ’s feet. If we can get that right, the wisdom and learning will come.
When we are speaking to others about Christ, it will be the combination of old lessons we’ve experienced and new observations we are daily experiencing that will bring it all together. Every day we learn more about Christ, and sometimes those things enlighten us to the older things we’ve already gone through or learned. It all adds to what we know.
Even those old lessons we learned that we’d rather not share, can help bring credibility to what we say. If we’ve been through something and learned more about Christ through it, perhaps that will be the thing that will most connect with the person with whom we are speaking.
Perhaps telling someone that God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light is best said when you share about a time when you found out the hard way just how heavy the burden of sin became for you. Perhaps the childhood verse you learned about hiding God’s word in your heart means so much more when you read Mt. 13:52 that says a scribe is the one who brings out old treasures to combine with the new.
We bring out of the treasure of our knowledge of Christ something to share with others. Spending time with Christ is what gives us something to share.