is an Active Verb
By Paula Marolewski
In order to reach our goal of spiritual maturity, we must take
the task of learning about God and studying the Bible seriously.
Learning is not passive. We cannot be handed biblical knowledge
and godly character on a silver platter. We have to work at it
and strive for it. Every individual must be committed to learning,
if personal and corporate spiritual maturity is to be attained.
First, we must have a desire to learn. Without a passion for learning,
the best teaching in the world will be stale, dry, and boring.
We must love knowledge and wisdom and growth for its own sake and
God’s sake … completely apart from whomever happens
to be teaching, or whether they are “interesting” or
not. If we only want to learn from a certain person or set of people,
we cannot say that we love learning. People come and go in our
lives. Learning is eternal.
Second, we must expect to learn. If we come to church or to a
class with a blasé attitude, we will get exactly that out
of it. If we come expecting to learn, we will be searching for
understanding, for new insights, for truths we were not aware of,
and for how to apply the lessons to our lives.
Third, we must make time to learn. Learning cannot be an afterthought,
or treated with a “I’ll see if I can squeeze it in” attitude.
Otherwise, we will treat it casually, or be looking at our watch
rather than focusing on the topic.
Fourth, we must put forth effort to learn. Pay attention. Listen
purposefully. Take notes. Do extra study. Apply the truths learned.
Fifth, we must become self-motivated to
learn. If we rely solely
on external stimuli for our spiritual maturity, we will not grow
as God intends. We must seek after wisdom and knowledge of our
own will, wherever it lies. Books, tapes, videos, teachers, counselors,
mentors, friends … we must search out every opportunity
for growth and seize it with both hands.
Put simply, learning is an active verb. If we are to mature in
Christ, we must be completely committed to pursuing wisdom and
knowledge and godly character – every hour of our lives.
© 2008 Paula Marolewski
Article Source: http://www.sinkyourroots.com
About the Author:
Paula J. Marolewski provides challenging and interactive adult Bible
studies for individuals, Bible studies, small groups, and adult Sunday School
classes at Sink Your Roots. Studies
include such topics as Debunking
the Myths about Knowing God's Will. The above article is an excerpt from Called