Always Ready to Learn
13th JANUARY, 2021
“Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.” [Proverbs 18:15 NLT]
The need and significance of knowledge, when it’s channelled the right way is clearly evident in our lives. There are countless of articles about discoveries made to make the standard of humanity better. Our opening scripture also offers us reason to reflect on the measuring of intelligence based on academic performance only. This is not to say that it is unnecessary to strive to do well academically.
Pastor Roderick once shared an account of one of his times in God’s presence. He spoke of how the Holy Spirit brought his attention to the fact that we essentially go to school to acquire the spirit of learning. This means that it is not about the knowledge we receive, but rather, the character to go after knowledge that matters. The emphasis here is we must develop an attitude of learning always for our own good as well as others.
Jesus at one point told the Sadducees that they err because they do not know the scriptures or the power of God. (Matt 22:29). We do ourselves a disservice when we choose to walk in ignorance. As Christians, we must be intentional about studying the Word of God for ourselves. The same drive and energy we put into our academics must be channelled towards knowing and living by God’s word.
As a matter of fact, everyone God found useful in the Bible possessed a noble attitude towards learning. We must set practical goals on ways we would like to be better learners this year. One of the fundamental habits of developing a character of learning is to become a reader. The best way to develop our momentum for reading is to start with books we are interested in. This could mean starting with two pages, five pages or a chapter a day.
Learning provides leverage to us in life. It enriches our social interaction with others and aids us to disseminate beneficial knowledge to others.
We must go all out to be relevant for God’s glory. Let us set out to live, learn, be loving and be productive in our sphere of influence. It’s about time!
Heavenly Father, as I endeavour to be a learner through and through, please grant me the grace to accomplish same. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: 2 Tim 3:15–17
Prophetic Declaration: Psalm 91