There are people who think an increase in the knowledge of God’s word makes you grow. Yes, it has a role to play. Of a truth, it has a major role to play as we are to desire the sincere milk of God’s word that we may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2 KJV). But it is not enough. It is not that God’s word is not enough but there is a part you have to play.
Here is the main reason why knowledge is not automatic growth. Please take note. If the knowledge of God’s word exceeds your obedience to it then you are not growing. You know God’s word says we are to forgive one another. You can teach a three-hour sermon on it yet you cannot forgive your neighbour which takes a few seconds. That is backsliding.
Practice! Practice! Practice
You cannot choose which truth to obey. It is like discussing with Jesus and saying ‘you can be my saviour but let us negotiate this Lord aspect.’ If you are not practising the knowledge you have, your motive for seeking more knowledge is wrong.
There are 3 things you can do with God’s word. Reject it like unbelievers, neglect it like carnal believers or accept it and move mountains. Therefore, refine your motives. Seek truth to practice it, not to win arguments or attain certificates. Convince yourself that God’s word is true by practice and by preaching. Walk the talk.
Some people read the Bible to finish their daily reading. No! Your main priority is to read for transformation. If your motive is not to renew your mind so as to be like Christ, you will conform to the world’s system (Romans 12:2). Transformation, growth or success has one thing in common and that is ‘becoming.’ These three words will express themselves in anyone’s life once you focus on becoming like Christ.