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~Biblical Knowledge vs. Spiritual Growth~ June 12, 2013

knowledge_growthIs it possible to have one without the other?
While difficult to believe, the answer is yes.
You can have a vast knowledge of God’s Word and show no actions of spiritual growth in your daily life. The fact that you can quote Scripture better than any pastor doesn’t automatically equal a life reflective of that of Jesus. In order to obtain spiritual growth you have to have a relationship with God, not just knowledge of His Word.
Think of it in comparison to the last book you read. It wasn’t a good book, it was a great book. So you read it again, and again, and again. Let’s say you loved the book so much that you actually memorized sections that you can rattle off in conversation as if you’ve know the words your entire life. Someone asks you about the author of this book that has you repeating their words with such conviction.
“Do you know the author personally?” they ask.
“No.”
Simply memorizing someone’s works does not lead to a personal relationship with them.
If you want to know the author, you’d have to seek to find him (or her). You would have to invest time in communication with them. There would have to be a mutual interest in each others lives. Questions would have to be asked to fully grasp what makes them who they are. Since you read their book, (and not the other way around), for the relationship to begin, you would need to initiate the conversation. The author is available, but you have to look them up.
And so it is with the Bible. You can read the Good Book in its entirety every year using the typical 365 day reading plan. You can commit your favorite verses to memory and quote them if asked. However, when someone asks you, “Do you know the author?” can you say yes? Perhaps a more intrusive question to ask yourself is, “Is it necessary for someone to ask if I know Jesus?”
The fact of the matter is, if you do know Jesus, it should show in every thing you do. Your actions should show love. Your words should be seasoned with grace. Your attitude should be humble. Your motives should be pure.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13:35)
The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives. ~ D.L. Moody

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3 Responses to “~Biblical Knowledge vs. Spiritual Growth~”

  1. AMEN & AMEN! Love the DL Moody quote! Thank you for this post!

  2. Thanks for this word today. 🙂
    \o/

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