Knowing but Not Doing

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

Scripture: “Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet.’” Matthew 2:4-6 NASB

These men were specially trained. Following centuries of tradition, they were called to be God’s representatives. To know His Word and the history of their people. To study the questions and develop the right answers.

Herod turned to these priests and scribes when the magi arrived asking where the King of the Jews was to be born. This was a sensitive matter, for the words of the wise men “troubled” Herod. He needed to know anything that might deal with their questions, or impact his kingship.

Showing their skills and knowledge, these men revealed that they knew where the Messiah was to be born: “In Bethlehem of Judea.” They even knew that these words were delivered by the prophet.

In the scope of history, this was a monumental moment. But did they grasp the significance of their answer? Did they really believe that the Messiah had been born? Did they care? They had all the knowledge but lacked any personal interest or a desire to know more. Blocked by scholarly boundaries, they stayed in Jerusalem. None stepped out to see the Messiah. Perhaps out of fear, or uncertainty. But, whatever the reason, they missed the opportunity to see the Messiah and experience the fulfillment of God’s promise.

How easily this can happen to us. While being a scholar and worshiping God with our minds is a great thing, it can have its limitations. We can know so much and hear the Christmas story so often that it loses its ability to challenge us. We can feel so comfortable that it becomes hard to follow God when He calls us. We can end up reluctant to step out in faith. Even though we know His Word and believe it, we can fail to put it into practice in our lives.

Today, make sure you act upon the things you know to be true.


Prayer: Father, give me a greater zeal to serve You. Give me a greater hunger for Your Word. Help me to seek first Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.