Knowledge vs. Relationship

It’s not uncommon to come across people who know a lot about the Bible. They’ve read it through several times, they’re awesome at Bible trivia, and frankly make you feel like you should know more too.

What does it all mean, though? Knowledge is a great thing to have; it can help you defend your faith and to teach others in it. But what does it say about you? I suppose my question is, does knowledge signify spiritual maturity?

I would have to say no. Knowledge might be found along with spiritual maturity, but being knowledgeable in Biblical matters does not make you spiritually mature.

There’s something that is far more important than knowledge. It’s the foundation upon which our spiritual maturity rests.  You can know loads of obscure Bible facts, but that doesn’t make you spiritually mature. It’s our relationship with God. When we have a personal relationship with Him, only then can we begin to grow. You can know totally random trivia from the Bible, but what is the point if you miss the meaning behind it? If you miss the message God is trying to give you?

I’m not putting down knowledge. It’s a wonderful tool, and we should always be striving to learn more. However, we won’t grow as Christians through cold, hard facts. We can only grow through a personal, vibrant relationship with God.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)


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