Ignorance is bliss? Not for the Christian. Why? Because the Christian faith is rooted in truth. God created humanity with minds meant to know Him and worship Him in light of that knowledge.
What we think matters. In the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus, Romans, after he spends eleven chapters detailing the theology of the Christian faith, he turns his attention to its application in chapter 12. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (v. 2). The nonthinking Christian doesn’t exist. Training our minds to think rightly about the things of God is our lifelong calling and produces life. Complacency with what we know of God and His truth is a toxic poison.
In light of this calling, Paul prays for the church in Colossae, that they
may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Col. 1:9–10)
Paul desires the Colossians to be filled with knowledge. They are the vessels that receive; God gives the knowledge. But this does not mean that the Christian remains passive in the acquisition of knowledge. If that were the case, Paul need not pray. God gives His Word that we might grow in knowledge of Him and His will. It remains incumbent on us to keep putting ourselves in the way of this knowledge by reading, meditating upon, and praying over His Word. Like David, we seek to devour the Scriptures because they prove sweeter than honey to the Christian’s taste (Ps. 119:103).