[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-03-17 - Ya Know?

1 Corinthians 8:1 … knowledge puffeth up …

Some know, but to know.
Some know, to be known.
Some know, to practice what they know.

Now … To know, but to know, this is curiosity
To know, to be known, this is vain glory.
To know, to practice what we know, this is gospel duty.

--Matthew Mead

There sure are a lot of smart people around. We all meet them, and it is interesting that smart people usually know that they are smart, they will let you know in various ways. But as the above quote from Matthew Mead says, there are different kinds of smartness. The first kind of knowledge is rather harmless if left to itself. To learn because we are curious is rather healthy. But it might mean buying a new toaster after we take it apart to see "how it works". The second kind is rather sad. To know things only so that others will know who you are is a lonely road and will lead to disappointment. I remember meeting the actress Morgan Fairchild several years ago, I had never heard of her and as we were introduced I thought they said her name was Margaret. Well, she was underwhelmed when I got her name wrong and took some offence.

To know in order to practice, this, this is a worthy task for all. The Bible is full of encouragements to apply to our lives those things we know to be true. When I think of those people I respect, they often do not have public names, but what they do have is integrity. Psalm 1 is a wonderful reminder to us of the benefits of applying what we have learned in God's Word. Solomon knew this also. In 1 Kings 3:6-9 he prays for an understanding heart so that he might know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. He did this so he could know how to lead the people more effectively. We could take a page from Solomon with a simple lesson: Learn to apply what we have learned.

"Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service … Knowledge is given to us to be used, to lead us to higher worship, greater faith, deeper holiness, better service." John R. W. Stott

Soli Deo Gloria,