November 9th 2009

Christians Should Be Life-Long Learners

“Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

Matthew 11:29a, (MSG)

At what age will I be considered an expert about life?  It is a troubling question to me.  Will I ever grow up and know everything an adult is supposed to know?  When it comes to life-smarts at what point can I say I have “arrived”?

Our heavenly Father must chuckle at us sometime.  How funny we must look acting like we know so much.  We stumble and fall, often hurting ourselves.  I’ve personally wrecked myself too many times because I thought I knew it all and no longer needed to learn.  So I’ve decided that being a life-long-learner is not half bad.  This decision has resulted in a significant change in my life.  I no longer seek to know all about everything.  Instead, I’m learning to seek the One who already knows all.

How about you?  Do you find that your spiritual knowledge is lacking or that your emotional IQ is weak?  What about your mastery of the mental life?  Maybe you know very little about how this marvellous body that God gave you works. It really is OK to be knowledge deficient.  The words of Jesus are helpful at this point, “Learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.” (Matt. 11:29 paraphrase).  He is not ashamed that we don’t know everything.  The opposite is true: He invites and expects us to be life-long-learners.  There is no shame in saying, “I don’t know but I’m willing to learn.”

So what do you think?  Would you like to join me as a permanent student of Jesus?  I hope you will!  It is such a great joy to have God as our magnificent teacher and He is pleased that we are apprentices of His for all eternity. 

Prayer

God grant me the humility to realize that I don’t and can’t ‘know it all’, and to sit at His feet as a true disciple continually learning and practicing what I learn.

Amen

Study by Fraser Murdoch

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