I will let you in on a secret about me. One of my fears as a leader is that I will let the people I serve down. I fear that I will not be the leader that I need to be for the students and this ministry. I want to be a blessing to the Metrolina family and this ministry. That is why I will always work to keep growing professionally and more importantly spiritually.
As I thought about learning and growth, a question came to mind. Can a person be very knowledgeable yet very unchanged by that knowledge? I think we would all answer yes to that question. In fact, all of us know certain things that need to be done, yet we fail to do them at times.
Knowledge can be useless if we ignore that knowledge. We know we should eat right yet many times we ignore that knowledge. We know we should not spend too much money, but many times we still do. We know we should spend time in God’s Word, but many times we miss the mark.
Philippians 4:9 says:
“What you have learned and received and seen in me-practice these things.”
James 1:22 tells us as well:
“But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
So, what causes this disconnect from knowledge to application? I believe that too often we place our focus on gaining knowledge, tactics, and techniques to do better. I am also convinced that this focus will lead to failure. Knowledge must have its basis in character and relationship to really work. Jeremiah 9:24 reinforces this when it declares:
“But those wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord.”
Not just a head knowledge of the Lord but a heart knowledge based in relationship. A character that does not boast in itself or in acquired knowledge but only in really knowing the Lord. I believe that professional development is essential for us as a staff but not to make us knowledgeable alone.
Instead, it would be a knowledge gained to bring glory to God, draw others to Him, grow our relationship with God, and grow our character to be His image bearer! I greatly desire to grow professionally and spiritually. I want the kind of knowledge that Jeremiah 9:24 talks about. He must be the preeminent relationship of our lives.
Knowing God in this personal way is something Jeremiah says we can brag about. Not in an arrogant sense but in a sense where we have truly experienced God and we are no longer the same.
My prayer is that others would know that we “truly know the Lord” and use this knowledge to bring Him glory!