What's Most Important This Week

True and sound wisdom consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. John Calvin unlocked the door to wisdom with these words that launched the Institutes of the Christian Religion.

Wisdom means knowing what to do, and it's required to make it in this world. Its source is most basically reduced to what we think about God and ourselves. This is true for the whole of our lives, and for tomorrow morning.

The Fundamentals

Our theology and our identity will impact our actions. And God has not left us alone to figure these out. As Calvin goes on to say, God has told us in his word both who he is and who we are, typically teaming up these truths to work together.

First, "The knowledge of ourselves not only arouses us to seek God, but also, as it were, leads us by the hand to find him" (Institutes, 37).

And then again, "Man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself" (37).

Knowing God enlightens our identity, and knowing our identity fuels our quest to know God.

This is felt no more fundamentally than in the fact that we're worshipers. To be sure, we are a lot of things -- spouses, parents, friends, children, neighbors, employees -- but at the bottom of all that is our most foundational identity: worshiper. That's some important knowledge of ourselves to carry into this new work week.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]