Doing What You Know
We live in the information age. In fact, each day we are exposed to more information than we could possibly process. Between social media, 24-hour news stations, Google, push notifications, podcasts, audiobooks, apps, and random articles that fill our screen every time we open a new tab on our web browser, we experience information overload. If we are honest, we have more information than we could possibly use.
In 2 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul instructs Timothy to use the knowledge that he already has. The message is, “You know what to do, so do what you know.” Paul says that things are going to get worse as time goes on. But you do what you know to do. Don’t be discouraged. Be committed.
As Christians, is not that we don’t know what to do. The issue is that we don’t do what we know. The world won’t be getting any better. Evil men won’t become less evil. Deceivers will continue to deceive and those being deceived will continue to be deceived. But you do what you know. Hang on to God’s word. Continue to study the scriptures and put into practice what you study. Don’t worry about what evil and corrupt men are doing; you just do what you know.
People will be ugly towards you, talk about you behind your back, betray you with a kiss, lie on you, mistreat you, and spread rumors about you. But you do what you know God wants you to do. As a disciple of Christ, take the high road (see Matthew 5:11-12). You know what to do, just do what you know. Forgive those who mistreat you. Pray for those who try to use you. Take a stand against injustice and unrighteousness. Do everything in your power to live at peace with all people. Treat other people how you want to be treated. Love people even if they don’t like you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.
Children obey your parents in the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord. Don’t just read the Word; obey the Word.
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