School is out for
the summer, or soon will be in most places. As I write this, many
children are thankful to be free from books, lectures, tests and term
papers. They are looking forward to a summer of play, rest or even work
-- anything but school!
Teachers will notice
next fall how much knowledge has been lost over the summer. During the
first few days of the next school year, many fundamentals will have to
be reviewed and relearned. Certainly there will have been little or no
educational advancement over the summer.
Many who are
Christians suffer from a sort of permanent "school's out" mentality. At
some point, early on in their spiritual education, they learned the
spiritual fundamentals. But they did not stay in school (so to speak).
They've ceased growing in knowledge. They've stopped using or reviewing
much of the knowledge they have. For them, school is out permanently.
The recipients of
the Epistle to the Hebrews had this problem. After having been
Christians a good long while, they had failed to progress in their
spiritual education. The Lord was not pleased. Through inspiration He
told them, "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need
someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God;
and you have come to need milk and not solid food."
God expects His
children to stay in school. It doesn't matter how much one knows or
thinks he knows. "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still
wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning"
If you don't think
you are suffering from "school's out" syndrome, take this test. Ask
yourself, "Have I LEARNED anything new about God's will in the last six
months?" Have I advanced? Have I gained a better understanding of some
things I already knew? Do I study my Bible regularly? Do I prepare for
Bible classes? Do I often engage in stimulating Bible discussions with
friends, family or co-workers? If your answer to any of these questions
is "NO," you need to go back to school. If you answered with all "yes"
answers, make sure you stay in school!
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