To learn is to grow. But not all learning inspired growth is the same. There are two arresting realities that press upon my heart as I continue to study, learn, and become more knowledgeable of divine truth: (1) that my learning increases the knowledge of my ignorance, and (2) that the more I learn the more sensible my heart becomes to the need for more than information. In light of these reflections, I am reminded that we must guard from both ignorance and apathy.
We must diligently grow in the knowledge of God — We must not settle for lesser things when our minds were created to intellectually pursue God and thus worship Him. This is not merely a matter of education. Knowledge is not our obsession, truth is. Not all information is true and therefore not all knowledge is truth. Moreover, not all truth is equal. Knowing truth is not equal to loving Christ, but we cannot rightly love what we do not rightly know. So, knowledge is key to love but is not love. May we continue to learn in order to love. There is so much to learn about our majestic awe-inspiring God, may we not complacently settle for ignorance, as though we will ever ‘know enough’.
We must diligently beware of graceless knowledge — We are moral creatures and not mere computers. All education is moral. All learning is moral. What we do with what we know is moral. No one is neutral. No one is unbiased. No one is truly objective. Therefore, we must not assume that we will do the right thing simply by having the right information. Theology saves no one, God does by grace. Preaching finds its distinctive from teaching here. Biblical preaching is teaching biblical truth with moral unction and urgency. May we not complacently settle for knowledge without earnestly entreating the God of grace for the grace we need to love and live rightly in light of the knowledge He gives. We know so much and often feel so little. God help us.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
(2 Peter 3:18)
In love, Pastor Manny