Knowledge is fundamental to life in God’s kingdom. Knowledge is the capacity to represent things as they are—the basis for thought and experience. You will find more than ever in the days to come that the real battle in our world today is over knowledge. Who knows? Who has knowledge? Underlying most of the conflicts in public life is what counts as knowledge. Christians have sometimes made the mistake of allowing the secular world to define what counts as knowledge. Christian knowledge is often marginalized when people say, “It’s only tradition. It doesn’t count as knowledge.” This is one of the challenges you will face as you take your next step in the place God has prepared for you.
The organ of spiritual knowledge is obedience. Just as you open your eyes to see colors, you know the presence of the kingdom of God by obeying. You act on the knowledge you have. And in acting you encounter the reality of the kingdom. This is not some esoteric knowledge but claims that can be tested publicly. These knowledge claims are verifiable. As you obey, you yourself will be tested—at times severely. In those times, hold fast to the idea that you do have knowledge. As you do, you will come to know the goodness and rightness of the teachings of the Christian faith.
From Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks. Copyright © 2016 by Willard Family Trust. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.