The Sphere of Growth: Stay a student

Activate: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Ps. 1:1-2

Elevate: It was May 19th, 1995 I was about to walk the stage ending my high school experience. Sure I would go to college, but in that moment I was done; done with projects, reports, and busy work, so I thought. It wasn’t long until I had enrolled at Applied Life Christian College. Academically it was extremely challenging making my high school efforts seem like daycare in comparison. We had weekly reports in multiple classes. These were ten typed pages and tests that were all essay. After some time I graduated with my bachelor’s degree and believe me, I was finished. I had drawn a line in the sand. There would be no more tests, no more studying, no more stress of passing future tests. I was wrong because for the believer we are lifelong students studying continually the truth God has given us. You see life isn’t about just learning the bare minimum. If we are going to be people of growth we have to become life learners.

Life learners are those who study not because they are required to, they study because they want to grow and know more. In our scripture we see the importance of meditating on God’s laws. Not just reading them but studying them, memorizing them, applying them and obeying them. In doing so we will solidify our foundation and frame together a life that can see the blessing of the Lord.

If we keep the mindset that we are students then studying the ways of God isn’t a one-time experience. That mindset will change a short term interest to an ongoing practice. My encouragement to you is stay a student who is teachable. Delight yourself in the instruction God has given. He has given us insight on what works and what doesn’t work. Today ask yourself are you teachable? Who is speaking into your life? Do you have a mentor? Are you committed to read the Bible and apply it to your life? I hope so because God’s Word works and there is a blessed life waiting for those who will remain a student.

Cultivate: Find a chapter in the Bible that you want to really spend some time thinking about. Commit to reading and studying that passage every day for 3 weeks. Great passages to consider are James 1, I Cor 13, 1 John