Wisdom wins souls - how you use your skills


"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who is wise wins souls." - Proverbs 11:30 (NASB)
In discussing the Proverbs we looked at the meaning of wisdom as it is the main topic throughout the book. After looking at several verses this one came up. "He who is wise wins souls." Has this ever occurred to you? My reaction was, "Yea that sounds about right because a wise person would understand the situation and share a gospel more relevant to the hearer than an unwise person."

But this is a mistake because I'm understanding the modern "American Heritage" dictionary definition which says, "The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment."
This is how we would understand wisdom today, whereas a more fitting Biblical definition seems to be (my prof. would argue) "skill in life." Wisdom is often translated skill in our text.

So read this as "He who has skill in life wins souls."
Or as Napoleon Dynamite might say "He wouldn't convert 'cause I don't have any skills, like nun-chuck skills, or drawing skills, or life.... skills."

I have to re-evaluate the role wisdom plays in my evangelism. And re-think seeking wisdom in relation to seeking salvation for friends.