Knowledge or Life?

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Years ago, I went with my Sunday School teacher to see a Bible drill exhibition. 


I was captivated by a middle school girl who had won several awards for her speed and memory. No matter the Scripture location, she found verses with a blink of an eye. No matter the verse, she could quote them with precision.


“This is the most spiritual person on the face of the planet”, I decided with 13-year-old clarity.


I had to meet her. Or at least touch the hem of her garment.


It was a big disappointment.


Her quickness and repetition hadn’t made her any different than me. She struggled with the same insecurities that I did and even looked a little blank when I asked her what it was like to see God everyday.


For weeks, I remained baffled.


How could you spend so much time learning about the Scriptures and not really know the Author?


The answer is as old as creation.


There is a difference in the tree of knowledge and the tree of life.




One fills our minds. The other fills our lives.


The letter of knowledge kills. The breath of the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6).


Doctrine is stale and stagnant. The unfolding of His Words gives light and understanding (Psalm 119:130). 


“Knowledge puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1) because the flesh is filled with nothingness – just hot air. The Word God speaks is spirit and life (John 6:63).  


Which is occupying your time today?