Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Knowing Versus Being Known

On previous occasions I have quoted Bob Snyder, MD who writes “Lessons Learned on the Journey”. Bob heads up IHS an organization dedicated to training doctors to integrate their faith into their medical practice. He wrote:

Knowledge is a much-rewarded commodity in our culture today. Striving to know has been a large part of my journey in life. Also, I have found that knowledge can be used as a weapon for arguments or making myself appear smart. It is then that knowledge becomes less about the subject and more about me.

However, my journey to "being known" is a less traveled path. Being known requires me to be vulnerable, to confess, to forgive and to reconcile - actions I often pursue with less zeal.

The Apostle Paul suggests that my spiritual journey seems to have similar options - knowing or being known.
......We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.(I Corinthians 8:1-3 NIV
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Sometimes a husband or wife has more knowledge of Scripture and tends to act as if that makes them superior. This makes God’s Word less attractive to the one on the receiving end of the Bible darts. As Paul says, “love builds up” it doesn’t tear down. Love, if it is to represent the King, must be a verb. We must die to self and become a servant.

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