When I worked at the high school I would gather my athletic training staff before our Friday night football games to give them their game-time assignments, pray as a group, and challenge them with a leadership quote for the evening. I have collected those quotes throughout the years and thought that I would devote a week of blogging to throwing out a quote each day and issuing a challenge based on it. Interesting to readers or not, here it goes:
"The great end of life is not knowledge, but action." T.H. Huxley
I heard a pastor share the thought that the American church is filled with the most well-read and educated believers that the world has ever seen. The unfortunate part, he continued to say, is that the same group of believers is also less willing to put what they know into action. If you were to venture into any bookstore you would find volumes of books dedicated to better prayer lives, healing, repentance, restoration, how to have a godly marriage, etc. The question (and one that I like to ask people all the time) is: What are you going to do with it?
It's nice to sit in church and not miss a Sunday. It's admirable to say that you haven't missed a Bible study/Sunday school in the last 25 years. It's good to know that you read your Bible every day and have read through the whole Bible 156 times. What are you doing with what you have learned? How has the knowledge of God transformed your life to the point where you care for others? God did not call us to be students only. The point of knowledge is to lead to a change of lifestyle that is more Christ-like and has an impact on the people around us.