As the husband of a teacher, I’m always learning something new. Last night my wife taught me things about the English language that I had never even heard of (like what a digraph is and that F, L and S are bonus letters). You would think I would have a better understanding of the language that I speak every day but I’m always learning.
After thinking about those things, I found myself wondering if it’s the same way with spiritual things. Am I learning something new every day? Or do I simply stay content with the knowledge that I already have? I would hope that each one of us looks for ways to grow in their knowledge of the scriptures every day. In fact, as my teacher Michael Hite would say, we should be those who love to learn. We should be those who desire to learn something new every day. In the New Testament we even read that Christ grew in wisdom (Luke 2:40). If Christ even had a need to grow in wisdom, how much more do we have that need? I can think of three easy ways that we can grow in our knowledge of God’s word every day.
First, spend time reading the Bible every day. In Scripture we’re told that the righteous man is he who spends time meditating on God’s word both day and night (Psalm 1:2). How can we expect to learn something new about God’s word every day if we aren’t spending time reading its pages? Imagine someone trying to become a doctor without ever opening a book on human anatomy or medicine. It’s just as crazy to think that we can grow as Christians without spending time in the Bible each day. And I know the excuse too. “I just don’t have the time.” I know the excuse because I’ve tried to use it before. The truth is, that statement is simply a lie. It’s not that we don’t have time. We simply don’t want to give up the time that we have for that purpose. Do you eat breakfast in the morning? Read a chapter while you eat. Do you drive to work each day? There are plenty of smart phone apps that allow you to listen to Bible audio for free. Usually it’s even easier for us to make time if we’ll try. We may just have to give up one of the dozen television shows we watch during the week.
Second, spend time reading other spiritual books, articles, blogs, etc. Obviously since you are reading this blog you are already doing this to some extent. If we truly love to learn about God’s word, we’re going to want to read things that talk about it. Even Paul told Timothy to bring his books (2 Timothy 4:13). Paul was a reader too. Now, if you are one of those individuals who struggle to even find time to read the Bible during the day, this may be something that you have to build towards. However, once you get into the habit of reading, hopefully it will become something you enjoy and you’ll want to do it more frequently. One word of caution: we need to remember that these books, articles, etc. were all written by people. For that reason, we can’t simply believe everything that we read. Any time we are reading something with a religious tone we need to make sure it doesn’t teach something that stands opposed to God’s word. As long as we do that, reading other spiritual books can be a great way to learn each day.
Finally, take advantage of the opportunities that your local congregation offers each week to learn. Look at the first Christians in Acts 2:46. Every day they were in the temple so that they could continue to grow in knowledge. Just by reading the end of that chapter you can sense that those Christians wouldn’t miss an opportunity to learn. Now, you can spend all day with a person arguing whether or not we are required to be at Bible class on Sunday morning or Wednesday night. My question is, if we are those who love to learn about God’s word, why would we want to miss? Whether it’s weekly Bible class, a special seminar or some other opportunity to learn during the week, why would we not want to be there? Chances are that if we are consistently missing those opportunities, we’re really not interested in learning. We may even just be trying to do the bare minimum. That may not be the case for every person but if we only ever gather with other Christians on Sunday morning for worship, we need to carefully examine the reasons why. The reason just may be that we haven’t grown to the point where we love to learn about God’s word.
I hope that we can all become those that love to learn, especially when it comes to learning about God’s word. Developing an attitude like that will help us grow and develop our faith in great ways. This week, look for ways that you can grow in your knowledge of God’s word every day.