Life Long Learner
All too often, youth of today see school as nothing more than an inconvenience to their enjoyment in life. It is an annoying necessity to merely put up with. But, learning must be seen as a privilege not merely an inconvenient duty to perform. Youth are not the only people that have bought into this way of thinking. I am by no means picking on the younger generation. Many have come to view learning as a necessary nuisance. The problem today is that we live in a world that is driven by our entertainment. Society has put the individuals pleasure at the center of life. Much of what we do is for nothing more than increasing our pleasures. With this mentality learning becomes nothing more than a means to an end with our pleasure in the center.
But, what if we began to view learning in a different light. What if we saw it as a way that we could better reflect the One in whom we are created in the image of. What if we realized that by learning and learning well we actually are bringing glory to the One who made us. The amazing thing is because we are created in the image of God, we have the ability to think rational thoughts. Out of all of God’s creation this ability is unique to humanity. Although God is all knowing and doesn’t need to learn, He has a mind and has given humanity the ability to use their minds in a way that reflects him. So, learning should be seen as something that we can do in order to best be His image bearer.
I am by no means saying that learning is easy, but it’s worth it! It’s worth it for more than one reason. Not only do we gain the benefit of having more knowledge on a particular topic, but when we gain that knowledge we open ourselves up to be used more for the purposes and glory of God. Therefore, as we approach something that may seem daunting think to yourself, “this is a privilege to have the ability to learn and think because I am created in the image of God.”
But, knowledge for the sake of having knowledge is worthless. As Scripture says, “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Our desire to learn is not just to increase our knowledge, but to better reflect our God by living out the truth of the Gospel in an attitude of love. So, we must not merely strive to learn those things that are of interest to us, or things that will assist in the occupations God has made of for, but we must push ourselves to learn more of the truth of Scripture. This is important because of what’s at stake. There is an ever growing hostility toward the things of God and we must be prepared to wage that war. The unfortunate reality is that Christians have been caught up in the comforts of life and have stopped striving to learn truth in order to live truth. Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: “Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.”
The sad thing is unless Christians commit to gaining knowledge of truth in order to live in line with that truth, we will never affect our culture the way that we have been called to. Our goal must always be to pursue knowledge of the truth in order that our lives will be changed and in turn our culture will be affected. Albert Mohler puts it best, “We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs. The many fronts of Christian compromise in this generation can be directly traced to biblical illiteracy”. So, let us see learning truth as a joyous necessity that will enable us to most glorify our great God and Savior, and to best influence the world around us!