21 DAY CHALLENGE - Day 7
Day 7 – Knowledge & Power!
You want to know one of the things about Christianity that bothers me the most? Well, even if you don’t, it’s the basis for our discussion today. I get so frustrated with people who are more focused on knowing than doing. I get frustrated with people who have knowledge rather than belief. You see, we say we believe in Jesus, but shouldn’t our belief result in action? I’ve been that kind of Christian before. I KNEW a lot but I didn’t do very much at all.
If you spend any amount of time with me you’ll likely catch that I have quirks and one of my many quirks is that I use acrostics and rhymes and specific ways of saying things, all in an effort to best remember and apply what God is saying to me. Amongst these sayings is one of my favorites and you’ve likely heard the cliche…
“Knowledge is power!”
I would argue that that’s not true at all. What good is knowledge if you don’t apply what you’ve learned. In other words, it’s not knowledge that is powerful, rather, the application of knowledge that becomes powerful. I believe this to be incredibly true when it comes to Christians and their faith.
In the end of our Scripture that you’re going to or maybe have already read today, Jesus has an encounter with some Pharisees, an encounter on whether or not He was the Messiah. Now remember the Messiah was the One in whom ALL Jews, including the Pharisees, were waiting for. All of the Old Testament (The Jewish Scriptures) spoke about the Messiah coming to save the Jews. The Pharisees knew the Old Testament inside and out. Every Pharisee was required to memorize the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, AND Deuteronomy), and many of them memorized all of the Old Testament. They had knowledge, but no action.
Here Jesus was… THE Messiah. He was the One they were waiting for (I so just heard that as though it was a scene from The Matrix – HA!), speaking right to them, and they missed it. Here they were, actually with the opportunity to live out the promise in which they hoped in, but they couldn’t. Why, you ask?! Because they were so caught up in what they KNEW that they couldn’t do what they were supposed to DO.
In the church today, a very real danger exists for us to be caught up in how much we know. All the knowledge in the world does no good unless it produces action. I’m not talking about earning God’s love or working for salvation. Salvation is the FREE gift that comes from Christ and Him alone! We discussed that already. I’m talking about making sure that what’s in our head makes it to our heart and lives itself out in our daily lives.
The book of James in the New Testament says, “Don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says.” Should we seek knowledge and try to know more of God’s Word? YES! Should we strive to know what, where, and why we believe things? DEFINITELY! That said, it really doesn’t take affect until we DO IT! The question then becomes, what do I already “know” that I just need to “do”?
As you read John 7, ask yourself these questions…
1. What knowledge do I have that I need to begin to apply in my life? 2. What areas of my faith and spiritual life do I still need to gain knowledge and understanding? 3. How can I put these two; knowledge and application, together in my life? 4. What questions do I have?
Lord, I pray that my actions would match what I already know. I don’t want to just know lots of things or know more about You. I want my life to reflect what is in my head and my heart! Please help my knowledge result in action. Amen.
You can e-mail Pastor Andrew with any questions about this study: firstname.lastname@example.org