Knowledge Is Responsibility

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Knowledge Is Responsibility

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

 

But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk (Luke 12:45 NKJV).


Luke 12:45-48 is about a master who hires a dependable and full of common sense manager hoping that his manager would do what he wants with such responsibility. In this story, Luke tells us his readers that this manager knows exactly what his master wants but he ignores it. Right here we see that the problem is not that he does not know what his master wants, he does not do what he knows. And thus making him an irresponsible manager. The Bible basically tells us if the servant knows what his master wants and yet he ignores it or he plans not to do according to his master's instruction, he will have severe consequences for his ignorance. But if he does a poor job because he does not really know what his master wants, he will still get consequences but not as severe as he who knew but ignored the will of his master.

 

It has been said that knowledge is power! Is it really true that knowledge is power according to Luke 12:45-48? Where is the power in the knowledge that you have if you do not have the will to do what you know? Is it fair to say that knowledge is responsibility? Because once you have the knowledge of truth, you are responsible for the knowledge of that truth. What are you going to do with the knowledge of truth that you know? Are you going to keep it on your bookshelf? Or are you going to keep it in your safety box? Or are you going to hide it somewhere out of fear that someone will find the truth that you know?  What good is it for you to have the knowledge of truth but you keep it in your mind only? Will the knowledge of truth that you know set you free without applying it?

 

Mark Twain says, "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read". In line with this quote, I would say, ignoring the knowledge of truth that you have does not make you any better than the one that does not have the knowledge that you have. Both of you are still in prison, none of you are free. Luke 12:48b says, "For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more." Another way of saying it, the more knowledge of truth you have, the greater responsibilities you will hold; and the more you have been entrusted, the more will be demanded of you. So, knowledge is responsibility and you will be held responsible by God for what you know. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org