“For this reason, make every effort to add to your
faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. We have already talked about faith and goodness, so we are on to knowledge. YAY! I can hardly wait to share my stories! But first, we need to know what this word “knowledge” is.
gnosis (ginṓskō, “experientially know”) – functional (“working”) knowledge gleaned from first-hand (personal) experience, connecting theory to application; “application-knowledge,” gained in (by) a direct relationship. (BibleHub)
So knowledge isn’t about learning, it’s about applying what we know in this wonderful gift of a real life. We learn stuff from reading THE WORD. We learn lessons taught by the Holy Spirit. It becomes a part of us and we move on to the next thing and we learn that.
“My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27)
I was 24 years old and sincerely wanted to “hear”. I got quiet (yes I can get quiet LOL) in the quiet, the thought came to me : “Go visit Mrs. Peters.” I put a jacket on my son and we walked down the country road about a half mile to her house. Mrs. Peters had a long and winding driveway almost as long as the walk to her house. She was standing at the end of her driveway her arms outstretched in welcome as she breathlessly exclaimed “The Lord told me you were coming.” Now that was a fine how-dee-do! The Lord was so kind to confirm that I had really heard His voice and that was one piece of knowledge that was easy to learn. To this day I don’t always know if it is the Lord speaking in my thoughts, but WHEN HE IS speaking I KNOW it!
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1
The man behind the pulpit used Matthew 7:1 for his sermon. As he was finally finishing I felt skeptical. “Huh, is that true?” I questioned as I was walking out the door. I didn’t know if it was literally true. I can just see Jesus telling an angel, “Get me a big bowl of hot buttered popcorn” as He was sitting on the throne anticipating the scene where I got “first hand knowledge” about judging.
Those were the “Jesus People” days and my husband and I were hopping in the car as soon as church was over to go to an actual commune for a “Love Feast”. We entered the room to a din of conversation and the strumming of various guitars. One voice stood out in the crowd and my attention turned to a greasy haired fellow who talked so loud I was astounded. “What a loudmouth!” I thought. It was a fun afternoon and as we women were emptying the table, I was delighted to find a new friendship with Lisa. We had so many giggles comparing stories and unfortunately I didn’t notice the room growing quiet as the leader was ready to speak. I had been speaking OVER the crowd and didn’t adjust my volume as I delivered the punchline to my hilarious story to a quiet room. My words seemed to echo on the walls and I turned to see a whole room of folks with their eyes saying “What a loudmouth!”. Lesson learned! This knowledge has stuck with me everyday since and tempered my natural tendency to be critical.
The Lord would love for us to “add knowledge”. It starts with us and our openness to read the Word and believe what it says. The Lord knows I learn best from my mistakes. I just try to pay attention, stay humble, and probably most important: remember what I learned.
I can hardly wait because I have a lot of “knowledge” stories. These little bits of knowledge have become replacement parts that are changing me to be more like Him! To be continued….