"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." -Galatians 4:4-5

Trying to understand life rightly through a Covenant lens.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Versus: Knowledge vs. Wisdom

1. truths, or principles, as from study or general knowledge of many things.

the wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

Growing up in church my whole life, I've acquired a lot of knowledge. Different aspects and stories from the Bible are floating in my head. But what are they if I don't learn anything from all of those lessons I've learned?

It's like eating a lot of food, but never working out. You're going to get fat. So if you start consuming all of this knowledge and don't "work out" by putting it into action (wisdom), you're going to become spiritually "fat."

A side effect of this may be playing the "referee" in certain circumstances. Let me explain. Who likes the referee in a game? You don't hear people rooting for the official saying "Good work ref! Great call!" Well maybe you do, but it probably has a bit of sarcasm added in. These people call out everything that is wrong and they don't do anything about the situation. They have all of this knowledge that they acquired growing up but now they are too lazy to do anything about it.

Another side effect may be complacency. The definition from Dictionary.com goes like this:

especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect

They feel like they are doing good enough.

This was me not so long ago. I went into a Christian trance where I went through the motions. I looked good on the outside but I didn't let Christ work in me. I wasn't striving to thrive; I was content where I was at.

So I warn you, don't stop "working out" in your faith. Gain knowledge, but don't stop there before turning it into wisdom.

Again, I say this in full awareness that I am one of the more complacent people. I pray you combat complacency with prayers of intention.

-a wretch made right

1 comment:

  1. Bro, God really wants me to understand this. My baseball small group talked about Proverbs 1 and I talked about knowledge and wisdom. The difference in the Christian mindset is that knowledge comes from us reading books and the Bible but wisdom only comes from God. If we don't use this knowledge and wisdom for the glory of God then we are wasting our new findings.