Do I Need More Research?
I have a follow-up appointment this morning. I already know what my doctor wants to talk about: my cholesterol. It’s always been high. She wants me to start medicines to reduce it.
But I’m not sure.
There are so many things I’m unsure about.
I want more information. I want to weigh the pros against the cons. I want to hear the experiences my friends have had.
When can I ever know enough? About anything?
How much do I need to know to know enough?
A lot less than I think.
What We Don’t Know
Granted, not knowing enough in certain areas can truly hurt us.
- Working in a toxic environment
- Stepping into an unhealthy relationship
- Even eating contaminated lettuce in a salad
Knowledge can be power. What we don’t know can be dangerous.
But do we know enough already to be a “good” Christian? Do we know enough to absorb God’s love? To share it with others?
Yes. We do know enough already.
Remember how little the original apostles knew. They misunderstood Jesus at every turn. Not just in the little things, but in the overall picture.
Yet even with their minimal knowledge, they were still empowered to spread the gospel all around the world.
And for those who thought they already knew many things? Their “knowledge” filled them with pride.
“But this knowledge only fills people with pride. It is love that helps the church grow stronger.”
1 Corinthians 8:1(ERV)
It’s Not Just What We Know
Our own knowledge is never complete. Total understanding is a myth.
It’s WHO we know that matters the most.
That’s what I’m counting on in my year of Uncertainty for 2021. This is my theme verse:
“Don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD!”
Proverbs 3:5-7 (The Message)
As followers of Christ, we can rely on who we know to to lead us into good things.
We don’t have to understand every intricate working of the kingdom in order to be children of the King.
And to have access to his treasures.
We Know Enough
While learning more is helpful (let’s never stop learning!), we already know enough to love others through God.
We know enough:
- To help our sister
- To mentor our child
- To love our enemy
- To serve our neighbor
- To receive daily grace
- To praise our God
We know enough to run to Jesus, to learn from him, and rest in Him.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:29 (ESV)
We don’t have to know more before we love more.
Whether we can recite all 66 books of the Bible or if we can’t find Genesis without the index, we can rest from striving to know it all.
There is no such thing as a “good” Christian anyway.
Knowing Christ is good enough.
Do you struggle, too, with the quest to always want more information? Share your thoughts in the comments.
revised from the archives
- On the Blog—May 2021
- Is It Time to Read His Final Words?