Sunday, February 3, 2013

To Know Him

Know the Bible and the Author.

     I started a new book the other day called 'Not a Fan.'  It is about becoming a follower of Jesus, not just a fan.  The caption above relates to what I just read in chapter 3.  Simon the Pharisee knew all 'about' Jesus but didn't 'know' Him at all.  He had memorized books of the Bible but yet there was no application in his life, just knowledge.  Jesus was snubbed by him and not given the proper greetings for life in those times.  Who would be the one to show to be the true follower of Jesus?  The prostitute who walked up to the table uninvited, washed His feet with her tears and hair, and used up all of her oil on His head.  She surrendered all she had in pride, fear of embarrassment and valuables to show her heart was His.
     Knowledge without application is just facts on a shelf.  In Matthew 15;8, Jesus said the Pharisees honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me.  Do you have head knowledge without heart usage in your life?  What if you went to your child to show them how to use a fork and they said 'oh I know what to do, I'm just not going to do it.'  Yes, it'd be a teaching moment.  Jesus wants us to go on and do what we know to do too.