But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)

YOUR INPUT DETERMINES YOUR OUTPUT, and nowhere is that more true than with our vehicles. I am not a mechanic, but I am a driver. As a driver, I know it is essential to make sure I not only have fuel when I drive, but also ensure it is the right kind of fuel. If my midsize car that takes unleaded gas is filled with diesel fuel, it won’t run and will likely be ruined. In the same way, the inputs into our lives result in our outputs. If we are consumed with worldly thinking and worldly ways, worldly desires will no doubt become our primary output. In contrast, when we have God’s ways and wisdom as our primary input, we can expect that our outputs will be godly as well.

Taking this analogy a step further, let’s do a little diagnostic work. Take a look at the list of outputs described in James 3:17: pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere. If these represent the “gas gauge” of your life, then how are you doing? If you are on empty, a quarter tank, or even three-quarters of a tank, adjust your inputs and let God’s wisdom begin to flow in and through you.

Fill your mind and heart with God’s ways and wisdom.

Brian D. Bennett is the pastor of Overflow Church and lives in Benton Harbor with his wife and three children. He is the author of Go Now and Be the Church.

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