Learning: A Valuable Tool in Growth

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” II Peter 3(18)

studyI was challenged recently while reading an article in The Dallas Morning News dated August 16, 2013, concerning the death of a doctor at the age of 99. The opening paragraph read as follows, “Dr. Frank Harrison was a lifelong learner, a characteristic that served him well as a professor, physician and leader of two universities.” Later in the article it shared, “Two years ago, he bought a book on calculus, just to study calculus.” “He was interested in everything.” Though his path of learning was seemingly in a secular realm, his desire to learn was still very strong into his 90’s.

We are called to also be lifelong learners. The difference is that our focus of learning is in a different direction and on a higher level. In Deuteronomy 31(13) we read, “And that their children, which have not known anything, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” The learning process is to continue throughout our life.

Our highest challenge is to learn of the Lord. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11(29) There is a direct correlation between learning and growing. As our knowledge of the Lord increases, we grow and mature for His glory. “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Ephesians 4(15)

In the school of learning obedience, Jesus has already paved the way. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Hebrews 5(8) As we learn obedience and walk the pathway of obedience, our life will be fruitful and we will experience growth in our labors for the Lord.

Remember, learning is a lifelong process!

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The Ultimate Achievement

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3(30)

In our world of secular goals and large egos, there is another avenue of opportunity. This is the way of humility and Godly pursuits. As Christian ministers and workers, the challenge of “The Ultimate Achievement” is before us.

John had the priorities of life in the right order. He had the proper response when he was told, “all men come to him.” John 3(26) “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. … He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3(27,30) His purpose was to glorify and lift up Christ, and cause others to follow Him also. “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” John 1(35-37)

Our purpose must also be to glorify Christ and become more like Him as we serve Him faithfully. Our pursuit is a progressive achievement, allowing Him to be formed in us daily. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1(11) As this process takes place in our lives, we are able to fulfill the desire of those who would see Jesus. “Sir, we would see Jesus.” John 12(21)

We walk with Him becoming more like Him and looking forward to the glorious time when we shall in fact be like Him. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” I John 3(2)

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