Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it…by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. - Ephesians 5:18

Picture the office of one of our nation’s most successful writers. You can imagine a place full of books, papers, research materials; a room with a desk, chair, reading lamp and computer. What might especially catch your eye, however, is something framed on the wall. The image is an odd one. It’s simply an image of a turtle sitting on top of a fence. If you ask the author about the photo, he answers, “It reminds me of a saying I learned a long time ago: ‘If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fencepost, you know that he had some help.’” He goes on to explain that every time success starts going to his head, he looks at that picture and remembers that he is just like that turtle.

That’s humility. But it’s not the kind of humility that flows out of weakness or fear or hesitation. Rather it’s the kind of humility that comes from wisdom.
Because of the sin that infects each of us by nature, our chances of finding peace with God are less than the possibility of a turtle climbing a fencepost. But out of a love you and I can’t fully grasp now, God sent his Son to rescue us from ourselves, to wash us clean of all our wrongs, and to place us in a right relationship with him.

And so we are forgiven, embraced and cherished by God himself. However, we “turtles” possess these things not because we had anything to do with achieving them. We possess them because the God of grace has chosen to give them to us through faith in Jesus Christ.

When we remember that, it’s much easier to fill our lives with “deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom,” as God’s Word says. That wisdom is knowing what we have in Jesus and how we are so blessed to have it.