Knowledge and Action


John 13:17 “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

The problem with most is not that they don't know enough, but that they don't do what they already know. In the verse above, Jesus makes it clear that knowledge is good, but that knowledge in itself is not the end. Jesus wanted the disciples to understand that His ministry was not just there for them to observe, but His ministry was there to teach them how to do what He did so that they could go and do the same when He was gone. Jesus said in verse 15, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” The example of the life of Christ is simply a blueprint of how the believer should live their life. There are several lessons about knowledge and action that will help you to become the believer that God intends for you to be.

First, the lack of knowledge is your fault. God gives you the Holy Spirit to teach you all things. John 14:26 says, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” You will notice that the Holy Ghost “shall teach you all things.” Jesus didn't say that He would teach you some things, but “all things.” The only reason you don't know how to do something in the Christian walk or have the knowledge of knowing what to do next is because you are not yielding or listening to the Holy Spirit of God. Therefore, it is your fault if you don't know what to do because God has already given you the wherewithal to know what to do through His Holy Spirit. The need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit is to teach you what to do.

Second, the purpose of knowledge is to propel you to action. Why does God give you knowledge? He gives you knowledge so that it should motivate you to action. Knowledge without action is wasted knowledge. Sadly, there are many believers who have the knowledge to do what they are supposed to do, but they are disobedient and waste the knowledge that God gave them to stir them to action. Many will be held accountable by God for not using the knowledge to do what God gave them the knowledge to do. Knowledge is not given as a possession to show everyone how smart you are, but knowledge is given to be a tool for you to use to help others become what they need to be for God.

Third, knowledge is not enough with God; He expects action. James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Knowledge or action by themselves will never accomplish or do much for God. Knowledge by itself without action becomes sin. Action without knowledge becomes wasted energy. The problem is not that you don't know what to do, but that you don't use what you already know what to do. My friend, God doesn't need to give you more knowledge if you are not using the knowledge you already have. If you take the knowledge you have and use it, it is then that God will see you need more knowledge. The purpose of knowledge is to motivate you to action, and when action uses the knowledge that it has is when God will give more knowledge so that there can be more action.

Happiness will never be found in life UNTIL you not only know what God wants you to do but that you also use or do what He has taught you to do. Don’t let the knowledge that you have be wasted; put it to action and use it as a tool to help others.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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