22 September 2011

Today’s Reading: Daniel 11-12; Luke 6


46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” (Luke 6:46-49 NLT)

Jesus spoke these words to his followers against the backdrop of a culture which prided itself on being the race chosen by God and entrusted with his Word and his ways. Jews learned God’s Word from their childhood, and their calendar was formed by worship dates and events, but their lives didn’t show it. In reality, it was the most religiously knowledgeable of the Jewish leaders who were most determined to get rid of Jesus.

It’s amazing how we can still assume knowledge is the answer to making everything better! I live in a culture where education and knowledge is seen as the key to success, and where success means advancement, prosperity, and a comfortable life.

I enjoy the benefits of the comforts and conveniences our knowledge has brought us, but as I think about my life and the lives of those who live around me, I wonder if we are using the wrong measurements for “success.” We’ve valued knowledge over truth and popularity over character. We discard relationships like used paper plates and commitments like plastic dinner-ware. We fear the loss of comfort and convenience more than we fear the loss of character and integrity.

Jesus didn’t intend his teachings to be add-ons or accessories to our lives. Living as a Christ-follower is an everything or nothing proposition. Knowledge is good, but it’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know that makes the difference.


Father, Thank you for the benefits of living in a knowledge-rich society. Please help me not to value knowledge above truth. Thank you for your Word and your words and for making it clear to me that a foundation is established only by hearing and doing, never by knowledge alone. I recommit to daily living what I know to be the Truth. Amen.

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