July 12, 2020 | Books of the Bible | Proverbs by Dawn Jones
There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel (NKJV).
Like all of Proverbs, this chapter is full of essential and timely principles to apply to our lives. However, verse 15 can remind us to apply this verse to our focus on discipleship specifically. Learning and growing individually in the gospel of Christ is essential; then we can impart that good news using “lips of knowledge” as a precious jewel to share how to grow in Christlikeness.
You might ask, “How exactly are lips of knowledge a precious jewel”? Personally experiencing God’s goodness and grace to condemned sinners compels us to share with others, praying God will open their eyes to the good news of eternal life. Speaking of this Good News gives us a double joy of taking someone down the same path we went on to grow in Christ through Bible study, prayer, and other disciplines. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Christians can “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom” (Col 3:16). Every one of us has the “lips of knowledge” on some occasions. God teaches us something for our good and for our neighbor, colleague, friend, roommate, and employee. The prophet Isaiah said, “The Lord God has given me the tongue [or lips] of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary” (Isa 50:4). The first step a believer has is to listen to the “lips of knowledge.” Once he has knowledge, he then speaks with the “lips of knowledge” to another. Let’s be like Isaiah all the time. Believers should seek the knowledge of God with more excitement than we go after material things. Then we can speak to each other and encourage one another on the phone, in the car, over meals, in the office. Why? Because “there is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”
Questions to Consider:
- Are you willing to learn knowledge in the things of God? Will you learn and then share it with others close to you?
- Pray for a willing heart to learn and possess “lips of knowledge.”
- Pray for the opportunity to use what you have learned of the gospel to share with those around you.