Savoring the Savior; Sharing the Insight


I’m a guy of little need for tons of knowledge. I simply can’t contain all the information that’s being processed these days; news, magazines, books, TV, internet, social networks. It doesn’t matter, everything gives us information. It twists my eyes and blows my mind.

I’ve talked briefly with some friends about how folks go to conferences and tweet EVERYTHING that comes out of the mouth of the speaker. This to me is the same as dictating the message, or retweeting an entire book. We all know those folks are not getting a word of what they’re tweeting. It simply taps a nerve and the tweeter says, “Yeah, someone needs this” and tweets away or shares on Facebook.

My pastor has a great definition for the difference between knowledge and wisdom; Knowledge is information. Wisdom is knowing what to do with that information. 

Knowledge is good but wisdom is betterThe reason I say wisdom is better is because knowledge in the hands of someone who’s unwise can be dangerous. People can be hurt when one uses knowledge unwise.

I once heard a story of a guy that went to jail and spent his life there and he was only given a bible to read in his cell. When he died, they went in to clean his cell and found all sorts of stats on the wall; how many times Jesus said this or did that, how many times a word showed up in the bible, how many animals for this or that, when God spoke about this and that but he never ever mentioned the grace of God and what salvation is. He never got the purpose the bible. He only knew the stats in the bible.

Of course that could’ve been a genius Baptist sermon analogy.

The point

If all we do is tweet and share and never savor then I think it’s safe to say we’ll miss the fullness of life that God abundantly gives. I want to be wise. That means knowing what to do with all this information we’re receiving, not just regurgitating it because it sounds good.

We should seek wisdom and make full use of knowledge learn how to manage knowledge effectively – search, evaluate, use and create useful information in this digital world. A wise person does not seek fame nor to be remembered. A wise man does not show off his knowledge. “Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens”. Let me end by quoting Ecclesiastes 9.13-17.

 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Associate Pastor of GraceLife Church, author of Faith Debugged, musician and baseball enthusiast

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