How to be a Know-It-All
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday May 21, 2017
These – Knowledge of the natural world should be combined with the secret things of God to enable Him to accomplish through you everything He intended.
Details serve a purpose
- There is much useless information.
- On the other hand, details can provide validity and context for bigger ideas.
- A challenge for every Christian is to use the right details of natural knowledge to serve God’s bigger purposes.
The right kind of “know it all”
- It is God’s desire to use us for His greater purposes. Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
- Education - and learning in general - requires patience through an ongoing process. Isaiah 28: 9-10 - Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.
- The right kind of know-it-all is someone who has been educated with the right information, and is being led by God to correctly employ it.
Mankind’s unhealthy desire for knowledge
- Humans have always succumbed to the temptation to seek knowledge for our own unhealthy purposes. The devil has taken advantage of this weakness.
- Genesis 3: 1-5 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- But, God has always resisted when we pursue knowledge for our own purposes because it leads to destruction.
- Genesis 11: 1-6 – Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”
Pursue knowledge with the Holy Spirit
- With God’s guidance the pursuit of knowledge is a good thing because He will guide us to correctly use that knowledge for His purposes and to His glory.
- Deuteronomy 29:29 – The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
- John 16:7 – Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
The assurance given by God
- Two words of significance in Philippians 1:6 are “confident” and “complete” (see above.)
- The original Greek word for “complete” in Philippians 1:6 is “epiteleo,” which means “to forcefully ensure, to finish, perform, or conclude.”
- When we pursue the acquisition of knowledge for God’s purposes, we can be confident He will allow us to employ that knowledge for good purposes.
- God will complete what He needs to do through us if we gather information for God’s purposes, not for our own curiosity or ego.
Reflective Questions for How to be a Know-It-All
- What is a piece of information you have that may be interesting, but is of limited value?
- What is an example of information mankind has discovered that has been used for destructive purposes? Have you, yourself, perhaps used your education for selfish purposes? Has more good or bad come from that use of information?
- If you are a formally educated person, describe what it would look like if you allowed God to use your expertise for His purposes.