Knowing vs. Believing

“Although the scribes could explain where the Messiah should be born, they remained quite unperturbed in Jerusalem. They did not accompany the Wise Men to seek him. Similarly we may be able to explain every article of our faith, yet remain spiritually motionless. The power that moved heaven and earth leaves us completely unmoved.

What a contrast! The three kings had only a rumor to go by. But it spurred them to set out on a long, hard journey. The scribes, meanwhile, were much better informed, much better versed. They had sat and studied the scriptures for years, like so many dons. But it didn’t make any difference. Who had the more truth? Those who followed a rumor, or those who remained sitting, satisfied with all their knowledge?” (SØREN KIERKEGAARD, Watch for the Light).

It’s amazing that those with the most knowledge about Messiah were the ones who failed to recognize who Jesus really was. They’re the ones giving Jesus the most trouble. They were the ones who wouldn’t even make the journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to see the prophecies they had been learning about for years finally coming to pass.

Faith isn’t just knowledge. It isn’t accumulating facts about God and Jesus. It isn’t even knowing who Jesus is. Faith is more than knowing that a chair will hold my weight. Faith is sitting in that chair. Faith is obeying Jesus because of who He is. Faith is putting what you know in to practice and living it out.

I still think that most of us, me included, don’t need another Bible study. We don’t need another book. We need to take what we already know and start living it out like we really believe it. We need to be transformed more than we need to be informed, and that always starts with obedience.

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