Knowledge Tank vs Love Tank
It is said that “Knowledge puffs up but love edifies” (1 Cor 8:1)
It’s so easy to be puffed up and prideful. The more knowledge we have, the easier the tendency to be arrogant about it.
Have you seen the colleague at work bragging about how good they are after they’ve worked there for a couple of years thinking that they are indispensable? Have you seen that Christian who loves to display their wide scope of Bible knowledge to the newcomer at church? Have you been in a situation where you see mutual leaders trying to size one another up, gauging how much experience or exposure they’ve had in their field? Knowledge indeed puffs up. Love beats it all.
I love reading, love knowledge and I love wisdom. But I realize that I can have all the knowledge in the world and it doesn’t change me on the inside. Knowledge can be gained by anyone. I’ve heard of a Bible school with a Muslim teacher who taught the Word of God in Bible classes. I was in a cell group at a parachurch organization as a new Christian in the past and realized half a year later that my cell group leader did not believe in the Good News! He did not believe Jesus finished His job on earth but was insistent that He will come back again as a baby to save the world. Jesus said “It is finished” at the cross! This cell leader taught biblical principles as if he was saved. He had knowledge but no application in his heart.
If we keep gaining knowledge through reading the Bible, books, seminars, conferences but don’t apply a heart change, our knowledge tank increases, but our love tank remains the same. Having knowledge is not wrong. But how can we ensure that we do not get puffed up as we gain more knowledge? I’ve stuck by this principle which helps me a lot: We have to ensure that our love tank is higher than our knowledge tank. A great way for me is to apply what God’s Word says through Life Journaling, a Bible reading plan developed by Ps Wayne Cordeiro from New Hope. Life Journaling isn’t about writing a diary, it’s about finding that one thing in the day’s readings that touch my heart and how I can be different from what I read. This application pushes up our love tanks as we apply God’s heart and love with the knowledge gained. The result is an edification of ourselves, the people around us and I believe, not through head knowledge and theoretical arguments, but it’s by this true love that we can touch the world.
Do you Life Journal and what are your experiences like? If you feel gutsy enough, share your journal with us, it’ll touch someone’s heart!
Learn how to Life Journal here (Video): http://www.enewhope.org/nextsteps/journaling
Obtain a free copy of the Life Journal plan here: http://discover.org.au/download/bible-reading-plan