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It’s Not What You Know . . .

If you really want to live a godly life, learning how is not the most important thing.

Most men and women who come to Regeneration want to know how to change their lives, how to break old patterns and replace them with new, healthy ones. The information we teach is incredibly valuable.

Valuable, but nowhere near enough.

Knowledge is not life, and knowing about life is not the same as having life.

In the beginning, the serpent was sowing lies when he encouraged the first man and woman to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One of the lies was this: If you know more, you’ll gain the life you want.

I wonder if we buy the same lie today.

Self-help resources are a booming industry, politicians always promise improved education, and news is updated online day and night. In other circles, Christians do Bible studies, subscribe to Christian podcasts, and religiously listen to Sunday sermons. All this with hopes of a healthier life, a better life for our kids, a more secure future, or simply a more godly life.

Jesus was a brilliant communicator and teacher, but he did not come primarily to give you more information. Not even more information about God.

Jesus’ primary mission was to restore your union with God by giving you himself.

This is what Good Friday is all about. This is what Communion is all about.

Enticed by the sight of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve “took of its fruit and ate” (Gen. 3:6). Facing death on the cross, Jesus broke bread and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take, eat; this is my body” (Mt. 26:26), and he gave them wine saying, “Drink this, all of you” (Mt. 26:27).

Adam and Eve grasped godhood and ended up naked, ashamed, and without life. Jesus, the visible form of the invisible God, humbled himself, even to the point of being crucified naked on a tree. All so you and I might have union with him and live.

If you’re struggling with any habitual sin, sexual or otherwise, participate in a Good Friday service tomorrow where Communion is being served. Let the bread that is His body and the wine that is His blood become one with you.

He gives Himself to you. Take. Eat. Drink. All of you.

Humbled yet hungry,
Josh

I’d love for you to add your thoughts! Where do you see knowledge (about God, life, etc.) getting in the way of living life with God? What role do you think information should play in our lives? Are there ways that information has helped you live more connected to God? If so, how?

Josh Glaser
Executive Director
josh@RegenerationMinistries.org

9 thoughts on “It’s Not What You Know . . .”

  1. Good points! Although we Christians believe that the truth sets us free, it sets us free into a relationship and into an adventure — knowing a Person, into the adventure of walking with Jesus, following Jesus — Kingdom life. I think that the knowledge can become an obstacle when we hermetically seal it off from the rest of our lives, not putting it into practice. Then we become divided, knowing what’s good yet choosing something else.

    1. I agree, Mark. It reminds me again that the first and greatest commandment is not just “Love the Lord with all your mind.” I like your “into a relationship and into an adventure”. That’s a helpful and winsome way to think about living life with Him.

  2. Josh, of all the wonderful things you’ve shared, this article is the best. I recently heard a local pastor say, “We’ve changed what Jesus came to to do. We turned His mission into one of learning, but He came to change hearts.” Jesus wants to communicate Himself, not just fill us with abunch of ideas no matter how noble those ideas may be. He came to give us not another method, but a living Impartation. Thanx, and keep up the good work.

  3. Wow, awesome words from God, Josh! I really like how you clarified the idea that the serpent told Adam and Eve that all they needed was “all knowlege”. This made me think of knowlege as another object, an idol, if you will, and the potential it has to become such a thing in our lives. Our family is a family of “education worshippers” . Not that education is bad, it is wonderful. However, God gave me a dream in college which I didn’t understand until now (21 years ago).
    I had “sold my soul” to my studies. The dream was of a person wearing a large, long tribal looking “mask” (like 3 feet long) and the “being” knocking on my door at my parent’s home. He said in an evil voice, “you lied to me”….It mostly just scared me and I called on Jesus.
    I have often thought about that dream, so spiritual in nature and wondered what it meant? In this dream I now believe God was showing me the idol of knowlege and that it inhabits many institutions of higher learning. Thank you for reminding us that Satan is often the one that takes a good thing like “knowledge” and tries to distort it to make it the “be all” and “end all” in place of the truth of Jesus who truly is our “all and all”..

    1. Thank you. What a powerful dream. I was recently reading one of C.S. Lewis’ letters where he describes listening to a college lecture by Charles Williams on chastity. I can never do him justice when I try to relay his writings, but as I remember it, Lewis was impressed with the lecture on its academic merits but moreso because it spoke compellingly to students (even to their own suprise). Lewis concludes by commenting that there was a day when most institutions of higher learning were not about imparting knowledge but about imparting wisdom.

  4. I am struggling with friendships. It is so hard to trust people. I am definitely turning this over to God, through His Son Jesus.

    Thank you for your article.

    1. Your welcome. It sounds like you’ve encountered pain from others close to you and that now it’s a struggle to let others close. My heart goes out to you. I’m glad you’re turning this over to God, and if I could be so bold, I want to encourage you to keep doing so. He is trustworthy to tend to your heart and all the wounds you carry. I believe there are others around you who you can also trust, who can walk with you as you wrestle with friendships and trusting others. Is there a Living Waters program near you? Andy Comiskey teaches that intimacy with Jesus is why we must press into relationships in His Body, but that Christ is also our means for doing this. In other words, life with God includes relationships with other Christians; and (because of His death at the hands of people and His resurrection from the dead) His presence in our lives is what enables us to press through our wounds and fears and learn to love and be loved again. I prayed for you this afternoon. Let us know if we can help you in any way.

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