Apostle Paul made a very profound statement when he said, “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know”, (1 Corinthians 8:1-2). Yes, you read that right.
You see when you claim that you’re the only person who knows or have exclusive access to certain facts concerning the Christian Faith or any other thing, you’re really demonstrating that you know nothing. Because, the person who really knows knows that he doesn’t know everything. You see, Paul made another statement and said that, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part”, (1 Corinthians 13:12). The emphasis here is that we “know in part” – no one knows everything except the LORD. I have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation on a few occasions and each time, I realise that there is more to know – a fresh perspective each time.
We are in an Information Age and information is easily accessible. This isn’t like the Stone Age or the Dark Ages where getting information is difficult. Now with an Internet you’re a click of a button away from accessing information online. Daniel was told long ago that knowledge shall abound in the last days. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased”, (Daniel 12:4). And it is true that knowledge has really increased in our day.
In fact, the wise is not even supposed to boast about his wisdom for the LORD says, “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom”, (Jeremiah 9:23). Boasting of knowledge or wisdom as a Christian is a sign that you’re ignorant of the Scriptures and are immature. If you are going to boast, let it be about the LORD for the LORD says, “let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth”, (Jeremiah 9:24).
What God is seeking is for people who do not only have knowledge about Him but understand and know him personally. You see, there is a difference between knowledge and ignorance. You can be knowledgeable but ignorant at the same time. This is why William Shakespeare made this statement: “Man, poor man, so ignorant in that which he knows best”.
It takes humility to admit that you don’t know it all. And because you don’t know it all, it takes humility to accept correction when you’re in the wrong. So the next time you’re tempted of boasting of knowledge, know that you’ll only be demonstrating your ignorance and immaturity. Above all, remember that as a Christian your job is to live a life worthy of your calling, which will draw the lost to Jesus.