One of the greatest enticements of entrepreneurship is the constant barrage of information and training available to us. It’s wonderful to have so much free information at our fingertips! No effort is needed to get sucked into the whirlpool of endless knowledge. At every opportunity, I’m latching onto another book, course, or talk – eager to suck up the information presented. Could it be that I’m addicted to learning?

If you read the Bible, you know that 2 Timothy 3 talks about over-learning. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, we can constantly be in intake mode yet never digest the information. Dr. Caroline Leaf recently spoke about the dangers of always inhaling information without taking the necessary time to absorb. She said it actually causes mental stress and other negative consequences.

…They are always learning but never discover the revelation-knowledge of truth.”

2 Timothy 3:7 (TPT)

How do we know if we’re addicted to learning but have no knowledge?

None of us ever want to admit that certain verses or quotes apply to us. We think it always applies to others and nod in agreement as if we all know someone else who needs to hear a message. I’ve discovered that it’s always better to start out with the assumption that something applies to me. And you know what? Most of the time, it does.

It’s the whole log-in-the-eye thing.

As I read the overall message in 2 Timothy and compare it with my own experiences, I’ve listed a few ways to know if we’re always learning but without revelation-knowledge:

  1. Argumentative. We’re always trying to prove or defend our point.
  2. Impatient.
  3. No progressin the same place where we were a month, year, five years ago.
  4. Arrogant/quick to speak.
  5. Lack of stability/true confidence.
  6. Full of pretense.
  7. Don’t know how to apply certain information/instruction to our situations.
  8. The output doesn’t equal the effortspinning our wheels with little results
  9. No peace.
  10. Ungrateful.
  11. Lack of love / ignore other people / hyper-focused on ourselves or our situation.

The best thing we can do is test ourselves. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal where we are always learning but never receiving revelation-knowledge. It is through the Holy Spirit that truth is revealed. This applies fully to our businesses as well as every area of our lives!

I can see myself in many of these ways. I know it is so easy to constantly receive all kinds of information. Avid learners like myself pat ourselves on the back for our hunger of knowledge. Yet it can be like any other addiction where the more we get, the more we crave – to the point that it is no longer beneficial. We crave the information for information’s sake, not for applicable wisdom.

So let’s take the time to stop all the input for a few moments, soak in the presence of Holy Spirit, and absorb. Letting the information we take in to be sifted by the Spirit so that the useless things are swept away and the helpful information can be planted as a seed, gaining wisdom and understanding in the application of that knowledge for the benefit of our businesses and others.

…It seems that everyone believes his own opinion is right…How easily we get puffed up over our opinions! But love builds up. If anyone thinks of themself as a know-it-all, they still have a lot to learn. But if a person passionately loves God, they will possess the knowledge of God.

I Cor. 8:1-3 (TPT)

I’d love to know how you APPLY the things you learn? How do you deliberately absorb and take in information? Sound off in the comments or on Facebook.