Today Pastor Ed Allen began a new sermon series "Jesus Answers Our Questions" with the question, "How much do we really need to know?"
In the Intro, he did remind us that Jesus was not an Answer Man. The Pharisees did a lot of that, but Jesus didn't try to tell you what to do in every possible situation. However, he did answer some important questions.
Our first question is something of an Intro to the series. We're thinking especially of people who don't know the Bible well and people who do know the Bible well.
Jesus provides a profound and counterintuitive framework to this question. We looked first at John 13:31-35, particularly verse 35, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Jesus is adding to the commandments -- which was an epic and audacious thing to do.
It's not about how much you know. It's about how well you love.
Later, after Peter denied him, Jesus asked in John 21, "Do you love me?" He didn't test his knowledge.
When Jesus separates the sheep from the goats, it's going to be about how you cared for the least among us.
There is no shame -- or pride -- in knowing or not knowing the answers to Bible trivia.
If someone makes you feel guilty about your lack of Bible knowledge -- "I'm not judging you, but you might be a Pharisee."
You already have what it takes to be a follower of Christ.
It's not about how much we know; it's about how well we love.
However -- knowing God is the essence of Eternal Life. John 17:1-5.
"Eternal life" isn't defined in chronological terms but in relational terms. Knowing the Father and the Son is about intimacy and relationship.
But it does also need information. Knowing more helps any relationship. We read the Bible to know more about God.
Even though connection with God isn't based on knowledge, knowledge is required to grow in our relationship with God.
How much do we really need to know? An increasing amount.
If you love Him, you'll want to know Him more.
Romans 12:11 -- often our zeal falters.
If you never feel any desire to know Him better, you've either got a spiritual flu or you're spiritually dead. If it's the flu, get real and honest before Him. Pray that He will show Himself. If you're spiritually dead, it's time to step in and ask Jesus to take charge of your life. Lean in today. He does the rest.