Yeshua says: One who knows all
but lacks one thing,
lacks everything.

(Matthew 6:33; Matthew 13:45,46; Luke 10:42; Luke 9:25)

In I Corinthians Paul wrote,

we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge.’ Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him. (I Corinthians 8:1-3)

Knowledge that “puffs up” is knowledge that pretends to a certainty and a knowing that is not available to any human being. Such knowledge generates an air of arrogance and false self-assurance. It does not emerge from a humble, open, listening heart.

This “knowledge” that “puffs up” is not real knowledge. It is possible Yeshua says to be a person who “knows all but,” lacking “one thing, lacks everything.”

Paul is clear the missing ingredient in knowledge that “puffs up” is love, the cornerstone in Saying 66. The “one thing” missing that causes me to “lack everything” is that quality of love that is the true nature of God and thus my most essential essence as a human being created in the image of God.

To miss the essence of what it means to be a human being is to miss “everything” in life. It is possible to live my whole life without ever really living a truly human life. It is possible to have lungs that expand and contract bringing breath in and letting air out and to have a heart that is beating causing the blood to flow through my veins, and yet to be not truly alive. It is the tragedy of much human existence that, while appearing to live, I may possess only an illusion of life.

When my true self, the genuine essence of what it means to be human is missing, I lack everything.


Today I will watch for the essence and seek to live in the fullness of my nature as a being created and sustained by love for the purpose of living in love.