2 Timothy 2:7 “Think over…”
2 Timothy 2:8 “Remember…”
2 Timothy 2:14 “Remind…”
As important as experience is, it is not enough. Right behavior is not enough. Right emotions and attitudes are not enough. These are important parts of Christ-following, but they are not enough. But then, neither is knowledge enough. Why then does Paul put such emphasis on knowledge?
This seems to have been an issue with Timothy—and maybe with us all—and Paul camps on the importance of right knowledge. Without right knowledge—without an understanding of the truth of God—all our experience, behavior, emotions, and attitudes are empty.
Content is important. It seeps into our heart and begins to change our core beliefs. When our core beliefs change, we change. Maybe quickly and maybe slowly, but we change. Even better, our changing is in partnership with the Holy Spirit who lives in our heart and is always making us more like Jesus.
This is not a matter of preference. We cannot be a Christ-follower and decide whether to know, feel, and do the truth. It must be all three. Paul warns, “…if we will deny him, he will deny us…” (2:12b spr). Honestly, I am not sure of the full meaning of that, but it caught my attention and raised the bar. I must wonder, if my doing and feeling are not accompanied by accurate knowing, am I denying? Maybe.
God, I want to know you accurately. My knowing, like my doing and feeling, has been damaged by humanity’s (and my) rebellion. Thank you for your Word. Thank you for the intellect you created within me. Give me grace as I learn the knowing, doing, and feeling of Christ-following.
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