I came across a statement today which got straight to the point:
Knowledge isn’t bad – but gaining it is a waste of time if it doesn’t lead to action! (Darren Rowse)
Those studying hard for exams would perhaps disagree, but it is much easier to acquire knowledge than to apply it. This is true not only for bloggers such as Mr Rowse, but for all of us in all areas of life. In the realm of Christian faith the relative ease of acquiring knowledge versus difficulty in applying it becomes especially marked, at least for those of us living in affluence in free nations.
I have long known that my greatest need is not really to know more about God or theology but rather to live the truth I already understand.
“… the gap holding back most believers is not the gap between what they know and what they don’t know. It’s the gap between what they know and what they’re living. Many Christians are trafficking in unlived truth. They are educated beyond their obedience.” (Dave Browning)
I am not implying that theology or knowledge are bad, unnecessary or superfluous for the individual Christian or the church.