What Do You Know?

“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” Phil 3:8

“Knowledge is of two kinds,” said Samuel Johnson. “We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” 

do you know GodThere is also a third area of knowledge: the unknowable. Try as we might to uncover all the secrets of the universe, there are simply some things we will never discover or comprehend. As the apostle Paul told the Corinthians, “Now I know in part; then [in the afterlife] I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Cor 13:12. 

It’s tempting to become a know it all. Knowing how to do something, how to fix something, how to find something, gives us a good feeling. We have all experienced the rewards associated with learning new skills and developing them to the best of our ability. Most of us also enjoy having others turn to us for answers or information. Much of our self esteem is derived from what we know and what we can do. But there must be a balance. We must face the hard fact that we can never know everything there is to know about anything. We can never achieve perfection of skill to the point where we never make mistakes. In fact, the more we know about something, the more we realize how much we don’t know. The more proficient our skills, the more we are aware that accidents happen, some days are “off” days, and everyone has a slump now and then. 

If we choose, we can become obsessed with our own perfection and potential, spending all our available time reading and studying and taking courses. We might listen to teaching tapes while we jog and make every vacation “a learning experience.” A wiser approach to life, however, is to spend more time knowing God. The more you know Him, the easier it is to trust Him, hear His voice, and show His love to your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You will learn the things you will need to know in order to do His will. What we know and can do is never as satisfying or meaningful as knowing God and serving others. Instead of trying to become a “bank of information,” become a channel of blessing!

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