“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” This statement carries with it a sentiment that speaks to our motivation(s) as much as it does our actions, and in many cases, our inactions. What I’ve come to understand over the years is that head-knowledge often puffs up while applied knowledge builds up.
On Sunday I shared a message from 2 Peter 3:11-18, which spoke, in part, to the tremendous value of how we live our lives. It was the final message in our study through Peter’s second letter to the early churches; early believers that were at risk of becoming caught up in false teaching and wayward living. If you’re interested, I’ve included a link to the video from Sunday below.
Here is a quick recap from Sunday’s message; some takeaways that we can think on throughout the week:
What you believe about death can be found in how you live your life…
Peter draws an incredible parallel for the early adopters of the faith about all things temporal being consumed by fire on the day of judgement. He’s addressing refugees that have been forced from their homes, many whom lost everything by fire, under Nero’s reign and persecution. These followers of Jesus lost much if not all, including their lives, because of their faith.
Near the conclusion of his letter, Peter reminds the Christian that the things of this world will be consumed by fire and at that point the only thing that will matter is our eternity.
For those of us that have the hope of eternity, we are called to look forward to the day of God when we will experience the new heavens and the new earth. In this day there will be no more sorrow, no more brokenness, no more war, no more terrorism, no more devastation. We will experience the best of all that God has in store for all of eternity.
How we live our lives this side of heaven; what we invest in and hold on tightly to, speaks volumes about what we believe in death.
What does how you live your life say about what you believe in death?
There is work in the waiting!
Maybe it’s a cultural thing, but there is a growing number of people within society that seem perfectly content in waiting rather than doing. There seems to be little sense of urgency and in many cases, even less of a sense of urgency about our responsibility to work while we wait.
I am continually reminded that life is short and hell is hot. And while we are awaiting the day of Christ when Jesus will return, there is much to work to be done. We have lives to live and our faith to share. While we are waiting we get to love our neighbors, share our faith, present the Good News to every nation, tribe and tongue, care for the orphans and the widows, pray for those whom persecute us, love those that hate us, continually grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus, worship God individually and collectively, and so much more!
Where do you need to start working in the waiting?
Leading is a by-product of living; what you say is only as good as how you live.
Growing up I heard adults that were responsible for leading the future generations say things like, “Do as I say, not as I do!” While I completely understand the sentiment of this statement, I cannot disagree more with the practice of this phrase.
What good is what we say when we aren’t respected for how we live our lives? Where is the credibility? What makes us think for even a moment that people will give an ear to what we have to say about life and faith when what they see in how we live? Whether through our relationships, by way of the pictures that we post of Instagram or the posts that we make on Facebook, how we spend our time, what we invest our money in, how we invest our time at our places of employment, how we treat people around us and so much more, what we say is only as good as how we are living our lives!
What does how you are living your life say in comparison to the words that are coming out of your mouth or the posts that you’re making on social media?
The application of knowledge is what leads to power!
I want to finish where I started – that people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care!
Through the years within education circles, people have heard time and again that knowledge is power. I said it on Sunday and I will say it again here…
I cannot disagree more with this statement!
What good is knowledge if not applied?
How useful is a doctor that has all of the knowhow in the world to administer treatment to a man or woman in need of triage after an accident, but does nothing to apply their knowledge? That knowledge is useless, plain and simple!
And what about us as believers?
What good is our knowledge of Scripture and of all things pertaining to faith in Jesus if we do nothing to live out what we know?
All of the knowledge in the world is useless if not applied!
I cannot implore Christians enough to grow in their grace of knowledge of Jesus. Even more than this, a greater imploring is in how Christians are applying what they’re learning through the Word of God, in their Christian communities, in their LifeGroups, in their accountability relationships with other believers, and in the church.
We’ve got to learn, yes. But more than what we learn is how we live!
What has God taught you by way of knowledge that you need to begin living out today?
May you be blessed by God and filled with inexplicable joy as you live out your faith and knowledge throughout your lives this week!