I’m almost 30 years old, half of which was spent in an educational institution (aka. school). I’ve spent over a decade learning information and skills that are intended to carry me through my adult life. As David T. Freeman once said:
“The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know — the less you know, the more you think you know.”
In my vast experience of almost-30-year life this truth rings true. It is no different for the Christian, the life of a Christian is the life of a disciple, following in the steps of the teacher, Jesus Christ. Unlike Jedi, the Christian disciple does not move from padawan, to knight, to master. The Christian remains a disciple learning from Jesus until their dying breath.
Teach me your way
What’s the relationship between learning and reaching God’s world? What’s the connection between studying and transforming lives with the gospel? What’s the link between knowledge and the salvation of millions of the unreached peoples of East Asia? In a word: humility.
Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
— Psalm 86:11 (NIV11)
In verse 8 the psalmist recognises that the LORD is above all other gods and appeals to Him to teach him His way (v. 11), since His way, therefore, is right. The goal is a continued reliance on the faithfulness of the LORD. Further, the psalmist adopts the position of humility and recognises how distracted the human heart can be and petitions for an undivided heart to fear the name of the LORD.
It’s all about the heart
One girl in the video sums it up like this:
So really, it’s all about the heart. Inside, you’re willing to learn new information, want a heart change, and want a new attitude about things. That’s what a learner is…
In order to reach God’s world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to transform the lives of millions of the unreached peoples of East Asia, we need people who are willing to be humble. If we are not humble, we will not learn. If we will not learn from God, we will not rely on the faithfulness of God, but on our own feeble and human effort.