I was talking to a friend of mine and trying to speak encouragement into him and being more active in his faith, He has so much potential but really is simply a consumer in the church. And then he said, “I just don’t have enough knowledge yet.” I don’t think he is uncommon in using that reason or better yet that excuse.
So I ask, is the problem knowledge or lack of it?
I don’t think so. The problem is not lack of knowledge. As Christians, it’s not that we don’t know enough, it’s that we don’t do enough. Most Christians don’t apply what they already know. The facts are that most Christians are educated far beyond their level of obedience. This is not a knowledge problem, it’s an obedience problem.
Imagine with me what our community would look like if all us Christians just applied what we already know? Matt Carter, pastor of the Austin Stone had a phrase that stuck with me when he said “The Bible is not a doctrine to be studied, but a life to be lived out.”
The key to Christianity is application. It’s the doing part that we need to pick up the pace on. I love my pastor Will Davis Jr and Austin Christian Fellowship Church for many reasons. But one the most awesome ideas I love is that several times a year, the church closes it’s doors on Sunday and goes out in the community to serve and live out our faith. An awesome example of that fact that we have enough knowledge, now it’s time to go apply it.