How to become a sage

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning.”  Proverbs 1:5

The opening paragraph of Proverbs states the purposes of the book.  Those purposes address both a beginner (“the simple . . . the youth”) and a veteran (“the wise”).  To quote Bridges, Proverbs, page 2: “A truly wise man is one, not who has attained, but who knows that he has not attained and is pressing onward to perfection.”  He cites Paul: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (Philippians 3:12).

Principle: The further we advance in Christ, the more we marvel at his untapped riches.

Corollary: The more we feel people need our opinions, the more obvious it is they don’t.

Another corollary: The more we feel we have to learn, the more we might have to offer.

So, how to become a sage?  “Let the wise hear . . . .”