Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know(greek – ginosko) the truth, and the truth will set you free.”…John 8:31-32 (NLT).
The scriptures above reveals that believing in Jesus wasn’t what makes one a disciple. He revealed that the key to being a disciple was a continuous fellowship and adherence to his teaching. He further admnonished that through commitment to follow his teachings one will come to a knowledge that frees. The original translation “know” (ginosko) means to become acquainted with what you have come to know.
We are thus instructed to help people understand and follow the teachings of Christ until they come to the knowledge of the truth that sets them free. We often quote “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” – but when reading in context, we realise that this refered to a revelation knowledge that comes to a disciple.
We have been asked to take time to teach people God’s word. Help them to grow in their knowledge and relationship with God. Let’s not be too busy with life or distracted by other pursuits that we let our God given assignment slide.
Life on earth is short, but remember that the things that you do for his kingdom will have eternal rewards. Be determined to help someone else know more about God and help them grow in this knowledge. God Bless You.