Do you ever feel like you’re just kind of coasting through your spiritual life? You may be much like me, someone who has grown up in the church, has gone through countless Bible studies, sung countless worship songs, eaten countless potluck casseroles, and really feel like you know a good amount about who God is. You know who you’re called to be as a follower of Jesus, you know how you’re supposed to sacrificially love and serve others, and you know that your purpose is to glorify God with your life.
But for me—and I think for many of us—I’m not sure if my life really reflects what I know about God and more importantly, what I believe about him. The truth is that I can have an endless amount of head knowledge about God, about Scripture, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and yet, that’s all it may be—head knowledge. Unless what I believe about Jesus moves from a head knowledge to a heart knowledge, life transformation will not occur. Unless what I believe about Jesus moves from the intellectual to the experiential, my life will stay the same.
I believe we see this in much of the Church in America today. There are many of us who have been going to church all of our lives and we know a lot about God, but do we actually know Him? Has the truth of the Gospel made its way into our hearts? Do we really, really, really believe this: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Just think about it: if we really, truly believed in the deepest parts of our soul that we have been saved—from death, from condemnation, from sin—by God’s grace alone—not because we’re more special or because we’ve earned His favor—how could we live in any way other than complete surrender to Jesus Christ?
So if we recognize this imbalance of head and heart knowledge in ourselves, what do we do about it? An amazing aspect of God’s gift to us is that if we have trusted in Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have his Holy Spirit within us. And we know that as we gaze upon the glory of the Son, we are day by day being transformed into his image: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18). Let us behold the glory of the Lord, let us gaze upon His Son, let us look to the cross, let us consider His great love with which he loved us, let us meditate on His grace. And let us rest in the truth that as we gaze upon the beauty of Jesus Christ, we will be changed.