Insights are short, biblical truths to equip you to lead from your strengths.
A know-it-all: it’s that irritating person who claims to know everything. And because he knows everything, he cannot learn new things from others.
When it comes to individual differences, you might be a know-it-all … and not know it. What separates a know-it-all and a teachable spirit is one small but significant element: humility.
Here’s An Insight
In every relationship, you have a choice between two options. You can judge another’s individual differences or you can value another’s individual differences. You make that decision with your head (renewing your thoughts), your heart (giving God access to your emotions), and your hands (working purposely).
(Previous Insights explain these three further.)
It is one thing to know your strengths and weaknesses (knowledge). But it is quite another to submit to that knowledge and respond with action (obedience).
Scripture says, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1, ESV).
The term “puff up” means to inflate. In other words, you may know what choices you need to make about differences, but inaction leaves you dangerously vulnerable to pride. When you routinely withhold love and acceptance from those around you, that passivity can mean death to those relationships.
On the other hand, when you take action on what you know about differences and act – by valuing others’ strengths and inviting others’ strengths – you breathe life into those relationships. Love builds up.
There is no middle ground. The decision to take action or not has deep consequences.
The difference between knowing how to respond to people (knowledge) and your actual response (action) spells the difference between life and death in your relationships.
The Genuine Know-It All
God, the genuine Know-It-All, chooses to demonstrate His love for us by taking action.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16, NIV).
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, ESV)
If He does, can’t we?