Applied Knowledge is Power.

knowledge isn't power

I don't know about you, but I barely remember anything I learned in grade school. I might even add college to that because I don't remember that much from those classes either.

If you learn something and never use it, you wind up losing it.

I often hear people say, "Knowledge is power.” I disagree. Knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is.

It's easy to google a Scripture and make it a caption on an Instagram post, but if you don't apply the Scripture to your life, you're playing yourself.

"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like."

—James 1:22-24.

Have you ever heard the Parable of the Talents?

A man gave talents (silver) to his servants based on their skills and abilities. To servant 1, he gave five bags of silver. To servant 2, he gave two bags. To servant 3, he gave one bag of silver.

The man then left for a long trip.

Servant 1 traded his silver and doubled it.

Servant 2 also doubled his portion.

Servant 3 decided to bury his bag of silver.

When the man got back from his trip, servant 1 showed him that he doubled what he was given. Matthew 25:21 says, "His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’"

Servant 2 showed his master that he turned two bags of silver into 4 bags. The man said, "Well done...let's celebrate together," to him too.

Servant 3 went to his master and told him that he was afraid, so he buried his portion. As you can probably guess, Servant 3 didn't get a "well done" from his master.

Matthew 25:28-29 says, "Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.'"

When you do nothing with what you receive, it's like you never got it at all.

What good is a degree never used? A waste of money and student loan debt if you ask me.

What good is a gift never developed? Inexistent.

When I moved to NYC six years ago, I started working at a Japanese retail store. On an overnight shift, my manager and I were chatting, and I told him that I'm a fashion designer. He said, "We've been working together for over a year. Why is this the first time I'm hearing about this?"

I hid my skills because I was afraid of being called an imposture. I was embarrassed at the fact that I wasn't working in my field. And that wasn't by choice.

But, after I spoke to my manager that night, he gave me tons of advice that helped me to take steps forward to start my own fashion company.

Burying knowledge, skills, or talents won't get you very far. Use all that God has blessed you with, and improve every day.

You were born to do great things. So, with the help of God, go and be great.

Challenge: Have you been "burying your talents?" What's one actionable step you can take today to apply your knowledge, skills, or gifts? Hit me back or reply on the discussion page. As always, I love to read your replies and feedback.

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- Mags

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