“I don’t want to go to school!” Sooner or later nearly every child says that to Mom and Dad. There may be tears and tantrums as the parents try to convince the son or daughter that school is good and learning is important. In our complicated, technology-driven world, education is essential. Learning to read and grasping the basics of computers, along with the math involved in budgeting a paycheck are vital to being a part of our society. And it’s not just for children. You never outgrow the need for learning in order to stay current with new advances in one’s career field and ever-changing means of communication and doing business. No one is going to deny that we need education for the real world in which we live.
Yet some use “education for the real world” as justification for ignoring God’s Word. They don’t see it as having any application for daily life. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one can understand the origins of the real world apart from what the Creator tells us. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth” (Ps. 33:6). No one can possibly understand the root cause of all the suffering, trouble, and death in the world without taking to heart what God tells us. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Only the education provided by the Holy Spirit in the Word enables us to grasp the “big picture,” and understand that this life is less than a micro-second in comparison with eternity. Human genius could never discover the salvation God has given sinners through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). A diploma from the most prestigious university cannot give a person the peace and certainty of God’s peace and blessing here in time and the joy of glory hereafter.
So never stop learning the truths of God’s Word. Don’t let a day go by without “searching the Scriptures.” Read the Word with the confidence that the Lord has something important to teach you. You won’t be disappointed. Look forward to growing in understanding and faith with fellow believers in church and Bible class. Be eager to share the message of Christ crucified with everyone you can.
Yours in Christ,
Tomorrow is Christian Education Sunday. There is one service at 9:30 a.m., followed by light refreshments and fellowship time. The children and choir will be singing. Our guest speaker is Pastor Nathanael Mayhew of Grace, Sleepy Eye, MN and Faith, New Ulm, MN.