The Purpose of Accumulating Knowledge

book-610189_1280Learning. You never truly stop. Your career field is changing, technology is changing, your spouse is growing, your kids are growing and learning and you should be learning.

I believe that learning is lifelong.

The saying is true: If you stop learning, you start dying.

I try to learn as much as possible over a field of different subjects. Why? God has given us our brains and according to researchers, we never truly tap the full potential of what we can truly learn.

We are not talking about going back to school and earning another degree. Take a breath. I’m not suggesting taking tests and writing papers.

There are other ways to learn. I would like to share you some of my favorite ways of learning.

  • Books
  • Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Conferences
  • Google
  • YouTube
  • Blogs
  • Platform University

There is a never ending opportunity to learn as much as you want about anything as long as you are truly intentional about learning.

However, what do you do with that knowledge once you have downloaded what you wanted to learn?

In other words, how do you apply what you have learned?

That is the key. Application.

If you don’t apply what you have learned, what is the point of reading books, going to conferences, listening to podcasts, watching YouTube videos or joining something like Platform University?

I think you know the answer. The accumulation of knowledge without application is pointless.

The same thing happens in churches.

We go to our place of worship each Sunday. We are fed a gourmet meal from Scripture, and then we go home, put our Bible on the coffee table and we plug back into the matrix.

Think about this.

Jesus said that He was the bread of life. He also said that if you drink the water that he provides, you will never thirst again.

If you constantly eat bread and never exercise, you will get fat.

It is difficult to eat when you are not hungry. It is difficult to drink when you are not thirsty.

We want to hunger and thirst after righteousness and not hunger and thirst for those things that do not matter. To hunger and thirst after righteousness means that we will truly be satisfied. We will not waste time seeking to be satisfied by meaningless pleasures and idols that we have made ourselves.

Again, it is pointless to know Scripture and listen to sermons without applying what you know.

I encourage you to read the Bible.

Maturity is directly tied to our level of obedience. The more obedient we are to Scripture, the more mature we become.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:11-16

Chew on that. Think about it. Process it.

It is good to grow up.

We are in this together. We are family, bound together by the blood of Jesus. We help each other. I want to help you grow. I want to help you become mature in Christ.

You are not alone.

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