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American-style football looks like a simple sport. In fact, a cliché has developed describing athletes as “dumb jocks.” It is often leveled at football players. But this is not the case. The excellent athletes who compete in the NFL are gifted physically. They are usually big and strong. Some are fast and skilled at throwing or catching the ball. But professional football also requires knowledge and intelligence. Players have to memorize books of plays. They must understand the game at a deep level to recognize what their opponents are attempting to do. This is especially true of quarterbacks and receivers, who have to adjust their routes and timing. But even linemen need to understand the game far beyond memorizing a set of steps or actions.
The same is true about our faith in Jesus. We can’t simply trust Jesus. He wants us to develop a deeper understanding. Listen to 2 Peter 1:5, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” (NIV 1984) The word knowledge in this passage refers to intellectual understanding, of using the mind to comprehend something. It goes beyond memorizing a list of dos and don’ts.
How do we add knowledge to our faith? Read the bible and study it. That enables us to comprehend our faith and develop the wisdom to discern good choices from bad. Spend some time in God’s word today.
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