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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Think About It


Have you ever read something and missed something in the text? It’s like seeing but not seeing. It happened to me the other day and after I reread the passage I said. “Really?” Let me share what it was I saw.

The passage is found in Mark 12:28-34 and describes an encounter that Jesus had with a teacher of the religious law. In the passage the teacher responds to Jesus with what he knew. More specifically he stated, “And I know it is important to love him, (God), with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.” As I read this I noted that the teacher understood that relationship was more important than the practice of religious acts. But what surprised me was the response of Jesus. Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Really? With what the man understood and he was “not far from the Kingdom of God.” You mean he wasn’t there yet? As I mulled this over in my mind and reread the passage, I came away with a greater understanding of what was being stated.

Understanding and practice are two different things. You can know something yet never put it into practice. Just because you know what to do, doesn’t make it happen. This is the point to the discourse between Jesus and the teacher. The teacher responded correctly with what he knew, but it ended there, it was only knowledge. We can fall into the same trap. We can know what God requires of us, but not act upon it. I also understand that it is a fine line between knowing what to do and doing it. It all comes down to a heart and head issue. You can know something in your head but it doesn’t make it to your heart. And that’s where we get ourselves into trouble. The question for each of us is does my life reflect what I know? Sadly, many like the teacher, know what to do, but they don’t live it. Where are you? Think about it.


Tom Maynard said...

Two thumbs up for your comments. God bless us all.

Anonymous said...

Think about this To Know is to have proof that what you claim is truth. To Believe is to accept something as true without proof. To have Faith is to have Hope. You can not say you know God exists because you can not prove it. You can say you believe but that doesn't mean there is any truth to the claim you are making. But you can always have Hope or Faith. But your hopes and faith may not be what someone else's are. And that does not make them wrong, or less entitled to equal representation. They are not in anyway inferior to you. As to knowledge Aristotle says in the Golden Means "Everything in moderation except Knowledge."