…we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1b
I know that Christ died for my confessed sins so I may have eternal life. I know the Spirit dwells within me. I know God is long suffering and slow to anger. I also know how to pack and move a household in two weeks to a new city, how to give a cat a pill, how to submit a blog. We know lots of things, but if we do not share our knowledge when God calls us to, what good is it?
Knowledge puffs up. I know people who like to tell everyone how smart they are and how much trivia is etched into their grey cells. They throw their shoulders back and clear their throats and smirk as they begin to enlighten the rest of us. Where is the focus? On them – their brains all puffed up with useless facts and figures.
Then there is the woman who dropped out of high school years ago and has never worked for more than minimum wage. She silently walks the halls of the nursing home, even though her mother is no longer there. She hugs her mother’s old roommate, the one no one else ever comes to see, and brings her a rose. There is another who teaches a motherless girl next door how to braid her hair because her dad wouldn’t have a clue. And one who delivers the leftover home-baked goodies from the church meeting to the firemen because her uncle was one. They have knowledge as well. They know loneliness, sorrow, commitment and service. They know the love of God and how it can build a person back up.
God gives us experiences in our lives, good and bad so we may use that knowledge to His glory by sharing it in love with those He sends to cross our paths. Those are the building blocks to bridge Him to others. That is a special knowledge – the knowledge of Truth that the hurting, broken world is crying out for every day, even when they don’t realize it. And you have it to share. You have experienced God’s love in your life- pass it on. Let it lift someones spirits and wrap them like a warm blanket. Tell of God’s grace and mercy . . . AND if necessary- use words.
Question- They say actions speak louder than words. What have you done in the past week to build someone else up? To puff you up?