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We live in an era where there are mountains of information available to us at our fingertips. As an individual human being, we don’t even have a fraction of all that data in our brains as retrievable information that we can readily access and share. However, if we have any curiosity, we’re able to go on the internet and look it up in order to answer practically any question we could come up with. Even questions regarding taboo topics or topics that were just plain uncomfortable to talk about, now all of a sudden we can anonymously explore on the internet for better or for worse. While individual discretion and responsibility both need to be readily exercised, and we need to be careful what we allow ourselves to dwell on or look at, the power to find things of all sorts is still exciting to me. I love learning about the topics that interest me. If I see a psychological discovery or breakthrough and I find the article intriguing I might read it. When there is something new developing in the Christian community and there are bloggers sharing that information I will jump on the train and learn what I can about that development. There is power in having that knowledge, that is if you’re willing to consider using it or spreading awareness to what it is.
Stepping back for a second, we could hypothetically have an encyclopedia of knowledge in our brains. Let’s say that you’re some kind of genius who has the mental capacity to access any kind of Philosophy or Psychology related discussion at the drop of a hat for yourself. Assume that this knowledge is all yours and that you may or may not act on it. If you keep it all to yourself, you may still apply it on a personal level and it could still have an impact. For instance if you learned in a Psychology class that it was proper to raise a 1 year old in a certain way so that he would walk faster and learn more effectively than his peers that didn’t follow a certain parenting technique. You’ve just accomplished something that could change the course of that child’s life and clearly there is satisfaction in knowing that you made a difference. If you are furthermore willing to share your knowledge and document your individual experience so that readers of a website, blog, book, or some article would be able to access this information you would be improving upon the lives of countless other individuals in the same situation. If you have all the knowledge but don’t find an opportunity to apply it, you may still share it with others and they may find creative ways to apply it and then some discussions could come to fruition about where this knowledge may be best administered to potentially cause positive change. All this can be good and it all has the potential to be helpful still.
If somehow you keep it to yourself, you’re not confident in your skills communicating it, or for one reason or another you’ve decided that sharing it isn’t something you would like to do you are not applying that knowledge in the sense of sharing it with other people. Let’s further assume you’ve decided that the materials that you’ve learned are not applicable to your situation. For as many philosophical arguments you’ve memorized and psychological terms you’ve grasped you don’t have a practical use for them in your own life (hypothetically of course, since a lot of these could help people on an individual level), then your knowledge would not be applied. So in other words it would not help you or anybody else on earth, and that knowledge is worthless.
When it comes to the supernatural God doesn’t play by the same rules. The scriptures are clear that having a knowledge of Jesus Christ can change your life, in fact using the term knowledge may be more of a limiting statement than anything as we read Ephesians:
“19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 (NKJV).
If you know for certain that someone died on a cross for you, that He loves you unconditionally, that His rules don’t change, that He wants you to seek Him at all costs, that He died in propitiation of your sins (satisfying the full wrath of God), that He wants you to experience the fullness of His presence, He knows your innermosts heart’s desires, and even has beautiful plans for you to experience pleasure in His timing so that you may maximize His glory and simultaneously maximize your well-being — all of a sudden you’ve got knowledge as an individual that need not necessarily be shared or used to have value. It has value in your Spirit. It has value as a byproduct of simply being.
To be fair one with such a deep knowledge and connection to God would likely feel a very strong, sincere calling to share the Gospel. They wouldn’t want to be selfish with such a loving message and a clear opportunity for redemption for all those who would come to the feet of Jesus Christ. As slaves of the Son of God, we know that we’re responsible to reach out to our family, friends, and strangers in sharing this urgent message. The Word of God is clear, there is no other way to God and we should indeed be overwhelmingly thankful that there is one way provided for us.
“6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV).
It doesn’t say that Jesus is one of several options. Jesus Christ didn’t provide any indication of there being any other way, but instead that nobody could come to God the Father outside of Him. Even for the person who has not shared this Biblical knowledge with anyone else on the planet, but has understood it for themselves, they have gained something priceless. It can be of course argued that having accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and recognizing Him as the way, the truth, and the life is already an action in and of itself. The Bible is clear how we are saved:
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV).
It isn’t salvation by works that we are saved. Nothing you or I can do could add to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and what He has done to redeem us. It is only by God’s grace, through faith, and it is purely a gift. We cannot boast in anything of ourselves, but in our glorious Savior Jesus Christ for this magnificent provision. He foresaw our fallen state, He saw that Adam and Eve would stumble and that we would live in a fallen world. He knew that we would require an extreme measure, and that measure was sending His Son Jesus Christ to propitiate for our sins. He took on the entire wrath of God so that we would not be condemned, but instead would live in deliverance from our sins in His precious and holy name. What an opportunity, and how sad it is to think of how many have taken an atheistic, agnostic, or quite simply an apathetic stance towards God’s word. There are so many people out there starving for God’s word, and that urgency needs to stay alive in our hearts and minds. That we may fulfill the Great Commission and share the Gospel. Remember, you aren’t a salesman for God. Our job is to be messengers, to present the Gospel in as much an uncompromised form as possible, and allow the Holy Spirit to grab the hearts of the unsaved. We save no one, we only spread the message and recall what a privileged responsibility that in and of itself is.
This is where I draw the distinction between Biblical knowledge and the knowledge or wisdom of the world. There are situations in life where having a piece of worldly knowledge could help you a great deal. You might have been sidelined to the roadside and your car motor seemed to have stopped functioning. Having the knowledge of a mechanic at your car dealer would be convenient now wouldn’t it? Perhaps there’s a quick fix right under our noses, but we have no idea where to start. So instead we call AAA or another automotive rescue service and get help by other means. Biblical knowledge is something that goes beyond words, but instead serves to draw you closer to the character of God, His love for you, and what His expectations are of us. How many seemingly hopeless sinners have come before us but were still used to bring honor, glory, and acknowledgement to God despite their iniquities. He has used some of the most seemingly unusable, and we count ourselves among their ranks. We humble ourselves as children of the most High God. We know that Biblical knowledge is greater than worldly knowledge any day of the week, but we also have awareness that there is a place for both in the practicality of day to day living.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a] 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 (NKJV).
One of the things that I noticed about the life of Jesus Christ after reading Steven K. Scott’s book “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” was that He was persuasive and a masterful communicator overall. It’s fantastic to perceive oneself a lifelong learner and never to become complacent in what we’ve achieved or learned thus far. We live in dynamic lives and while God’s word is unchangeable even then we need constant reminders to what we’ve already learned in order to recall its’ entirety. In other words we should consistently seek God in His Word, prayer, and communication with other believers. We need to also put His words into action, as the scripture puts it to be doers of the Word.
“22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25 (NKJV).
It’s easy to forget any knowledge that we have in our mind that isn’t consistently applied or retrieved. Let’s be doers of the word so that we do not deceive ourselves as only being a passive audience. We need not only write or speak it either, we can put it into practice. It may be a compilation of small gestures that adds up to a generous, loving livelihood but so be it. There isn’t always an opportunity or an intrinsic desire to do one gigantic, extremely sacrificial task in order to prove oneself worthy. The reality is we don’t need to prove anything new. Jesus Christ already justified us on the cross. We’re all works in progress being sanctified and molded into the people God would have us become. Let’s be consistently digging into the Word for our own instruction, rebuke, and improvement.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 (NKJV).
Let’s also remember that there’s a place for human knowledge that we may understand that we are in the world but not of the world. We still need to put on pants like everyone else. We still need to gas up our car, buy groceries, drink water, and get chores done. We may still need to learn a profession in order so that we may provide for our family and to earn money that could be tithed from so that our local church is able to grow and spread the gospel. Suppose you’re not able to do that right now, you can donate of your time and effort some other way, but in the long run God sees our hearts and He knows what we aim to do. Don’t grow weary if you’re unable to do it all right away, for life doesn’t get resolved in a day. Life is a series of challenges and it’s more of a marathon than a sprint. For as short as it is in comparison to eternity, it is long in the sense of a human perspective and of the value of living it rightly the way God instructs us. Avoiding our fleshly desires and fighting the good fight of faith in honor of what Jesus Christ did for us. Let’s aim not to grieve the Holy Spirit, but instead to apply His instruction to our actions. Once those positive actions based on His instruction become ingrained in our hearts, they’ll become ingrained in the fruit of our lives and we will be in a position where our life will be a fantastic example to our brothers and sisters around us. Sometimes the most powerful testimony is a daily example of patience, perseverance, and ultimate victory in Jesus.
Remember that it’s not always in the winning that we’re an example for God. We can lose and learn to lose with finnesse. Learn to lose with grace. People may gain more from how you comport yourself when you lose than how you handle success. Anyone can come about and handle achieving a beautifully smooth day full of blessings. The true test of a man or woman’s character will typically come in a day of adversity. What about when things are going wrong? Are you still composed and gentle? When you are having technical difficulties at the workplace and a worker comes up to ask you an extra question that would be the least part of your worries, would you still be able to share the kindness of a reasonable response instead of lashing out? Would the motivation of your heart be to be of sincere help or to simply protect your job and avoid workplace conflict? Examine the motivations of your heart and allow God to purify those aspects of it that need work. Let God mold you, be maleable in His presence and adjust to His desires for you instead of your desires for yourself. Be willing to accept His redirections for your life.
“2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2 (NKJV).
God examines our heart’s intentions. Let’s not become prideful or egotistical thinking we’ve got it all figured out. Remember that humility and meekness are essential, I pray that we realize how valuable these underrated character traits in the eyes of man are in the eyes of God. I submit to His change, I aspire not to spurn His correction, because it is the most well intended and best for eternity. As humans with finite minds we may view the adjustments of an infinite God as illogical or unrelatable, but sometimes even these perceptions change quickly once we are privileged more of God’s viewpoint in later years. Even if it doesn’t appear justified in a logical sense, God owes us no explanation. He gave you and I life, and just as it was given it can be taken away. Let’s honor God with what He has given us and bring Him glory by His grace. There’s no greater calling than answering God’s calling for you. It’s valuable to be faithful and trusting even when we don’t understand the blueprint He laid out for us. It will all come together in due time, don’t allow anybody to discourage you from your destiny in God’s plans. If God has answered yes to something, there is nothing or anyone that can remove that event from taking place. Pray that He would open the doors of His will wide open and close shut the doors that His plan doesn’t involve for you in your life. It’s a powerful prayer and worthy of deliberation with God in your mind. Dwell on His perfection and how you want your plans in your heart to be in better alignment with Him. We all have room for improvement and if you’re alive, breathing, and reading this it’s never too late to begin. Don’t buy into the devil’s lies, that you’re too late, that you’ve sinned beyond God’s grace, that you’re incapable, that you’re not worthy. You are worth it, you’re not late, and you haven’t sinned beyond what God can forgive. Jesus Christ died for you.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:29-32 (NKJV).
If the birds of flight are cared for, how much more would you be cared for? These verses specify that God even knows the amount of hairs on our heads, that they’re numbered. Let yourself absorb the meticulousness of that for a minute. There are over 7 billion people on the face of the earth, He knows the hairs on each and everyone of their heads in accurate number. Do you believe Him at His Word? Don’t be ashamed to acknowledge Him before others, don’t be ashamed of God. If you’ve received a special opportunity to spread His word in conversation, in person, in online evangelism, or in any creative way He may have put in your heart go with it! Don’t be afraid, even if you are mocked or persecuted you are all the more blessed. Jesus Christ will acknowledge us before God the Father for we acknowledge Him before others! What a beautiful promise. Glory to God for that!
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV).
We are living win-win-win lives. If you spread the gospel and are persecuted you store up heavenly treasures. If you die God found it your time to go and you’re on the way to Heaven where He has stored up a place for you. If you live you continue to enjoy His blessings, presence, and bless others. Sure we may have some days that from a human sense are more comfortable than others, but overall we’re blessed beyond measure. We need to know that and use those blessings to bless others and to learn from the example of Jesus Christ. Share the knowledge, wisdom, and ideas that you have with others. It could transform someone’s life or inspire someone to do great things. Don’t bottle yourself up when you have so many beautiful things to offer, don’t let a few people who tried to discourage you lead you away from your calling. Not everyone is called to write or to be a public speaker in front of thousands. Don’t doubt that whatever your calling might be, God will put it in your heart. Prayerfully seek His face and timing in everything that you do. He will let you know when you are ready to receive it, and when you do you will hopefully follow His lead and use it for His glory. Don’t be afraid, the Author of Creation is always with you. The Lion of Judah, the Prince of Peace, the Alpha and the Omega, the Great I Am, Emmanuel!
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NKJV).
He is with you wherever you go and in whatever situation you find yourself in right now. He will also be with you when you understand that you are called to serve Him if you’re not already there. Trust Him, nobody has ever been disappointed by following their calling in God. Countless souls have perished in trying to fill the gap in their hearts with the world and its’ desires, but they’ve all found dead ends of pain, regret, heartache, anxiety, worry, and a plethora of real problems. Following God may not be easy, but it will always be worth it. He is with us!
I hope you caught a glimpse of inspiration and a useful reality check today, God will help you defeat your Goliath. Thanks for reading, comments are welcome!