Learning to Know

In today’s culture we have to learn to know. We often think we know, but we don’t. We don’t know. We have to learn to know, and we have to be committed to the learning in order to experience real knowing. Learning to know takes time. Learning to know requires that we get out of our own heads, and our own version of the way we see life.

Many Greek words don’t translate well into English. The word γινώσκω is among them. In English the word γινώσκω is translated know, or to know. This is a dangerous translation in a society that highly values knowledge. We already know, I mean come on. And if we don’t actually know we at least want to be perceived as knowing. Think about it. Someone begins to explain something and our minds quickly go into response mode. We either think, (or respond with) I already know this, or we prepare our statement back to them in our minds while they are telling us something they know.

But real knowing takes time and requires surrender. I requires giving up what we think we know about ourselves, others or God in order to actually learn to know the truth. Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) The only way to know is to learn to know…


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