Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves God is known by God.
Observation: When you think you have all the answers, that’s when you need to start worrying.
Application: This morning I’m at my Mom’s house and I’m proud to have her helping me with the journal. So this morning we are co-authors. In this scripture Paul is talking about eating foods that were restricted to the Jews. The Jewish laws strictly prohibited eating of such food, Paul said – this is nothing – don’t worry about it, what is an idol – it’s nothing. Of course later he says – don’t do it if it’s going to shake the faith of another person. In other words if your knowledge of the freedom you have in Christ makes another Christian stumble, then your knowledge is useless.
How many people in our congregations think they have it all figured out? We are unbending like the aged oak tree that will break when a strong wind comes along. The beginning of wisdom is to understand that we, no matter how much we think we might know, have very little knowledge in relation to God.
Some of us find freedom in Christ, others find restraint from their whimsical lives, but the most important thing is that we find Christ! If your freedom (or your restraint) hinders another person in their relationship and understanding of Christ, you are not serving Christ by pushing that aspect of your knowledge and understanding on another.
Yes we all want to be correct in our theologies and understandings, but can we not let Christ relate to each person as He will? Can we not let God speak freedom from bondage to one, and restraint from hedonistic tendencies to another? You may think you have the knowledge you need, but it is not necessarily the same knowledge that your brother or sister in Christ may need or receive.
To quote a pop culture cliché’ from a few years ago – "Can’t we all just get along?"
Prayer: Holy God,
Help us to know you as you would have us to and give us the knowledge we need to be the witnesses of your grace that we need to be for those who you place in our paths.