Life-long learners

This old school is located in Bishop Hill, Illinois; it hasn’t seen full classrooms in a very long time.  For many of us, it is something of a picture of our lives; we went to school when we were kids and then moved on to adult life, hardly picking a book since…

A disciple of Jesus Christ should avoid this however.

A disciple is one who know what the Master knows and who does what the Master does and I highly doubt that we have arrived at such a point just yet; certainly I haven’t!

We need to be life-long learners in order to follow our Lord adequately, we must never stop growing in our walk.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

(Col. 3:1-2)

It seems unthinkable to me that we can accomplish the goal set out by Paul without being a life-long student of God’s Word.  Can we keep our focus on the things above without keeping our minds focused on His Word… really? Do we already know the Bible so very well that there is nothing left to learn from it? Of course the answer is a resounding no!

When I graduated from High School, I pretty much was the repository of all knowledge.  When I graduated from college, I had the world by the tail.  When I received a graduate degree I was beginning to have some doubts… and when I received a post-graduate degree I came to realize that I didn’t know much of anything!  To be quite honest, that was the best thing I learned from education: Humility regarding how much I thought I knew.  We must keep learning so that we can keep growing spiritually.  We must keep growing spiritually so that we do not become stagnant in our faith.  My prayer for all Christians is that we would all continue to hunger and thirst for God’s Word, never letting ourselves become satisfied  that we’ve had enough, that we might continue to serve Him right up until the day He calls us home.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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