Spiritual Development

Do You Have the Right Curriculum?

I am the way

Back to School.  Dreaded words to children’s ears and yet sweet words of relief for many parents.  The doldrums of summer have reached their peak.  Department stores are packed with new school clothes, store advertisements are full of school supplies ready to be purchased, and school administrators and teachers are back to work preparing for the upcoming school year and readying their rooms for their students.  As a homeschool teacher and parent, I too have been preparing for the upcoming school year.  In the midst of this process, my thoughts have turned towards the supplies and expectations for being a student of Christ?  Many times we can get away from our learning and growing in Christ and need to be reminded that we are commanded to grow, or move up to the next grade level per se.  So over the next two months with thoughts of going back to school in our minds, let us consider the supplies as well as the expectations of what it means to be a student of Christ.

The Best Curriculum

Choosing curriculum is a large and critical portion of education.  Public, private, and homeschool teachers spend a great deal in choosing what curriculum will be used in the classroom.  Why is this so important?  Because whatever is used to teach from will ultimately been seen in the actions and beliefs of those who are learning from it.  Wikipedia defines the term curriculum in this way:

whatever is used to teach“Curriculum is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process.  The term often refers specifically to a planned sequence of instruction, or to a view of the student’s experiences in terms of the educator’s or school’s instructional goals.”

Why wouldn’t God, who is our ultimate teacher, not have a curriculum for us to follow as well?  His word clearly tells us that He has plan for our lives as well as things for us to do (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10).  He has goals for each of His children to accomplish and yet, they are not achieved apart from the instruction taken from the textbook.  Of course, this textbook is God’s Word; the same Word that was with God in the beginning and will be with God in the end (John 1:1, Revelation 19:3).  So what does His textbook claim to teach?  Take a look at Psalm 19:7-11.

The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life;

the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.

The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad;

the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever;

the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous.

They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold;

and sweeter than honey which comes from the honey comb.

In addition, Your servant is warned by them;

There is great reward in keeping them.

Psalm 19:7-11

The best curriculum to learn from holds God’s instruction, testimony, precepts, commands, fears and ordinances.  With such great things for the student, the question quickly arises in the mind, how much will it cost?

The Best Price

College students quickly learn how and where to buy used textbooks.  They do not see any long term benefit in holding on to certain textbooks especially if it is not in the field they are studying.  This philosophy can quickly flow into our thinking of God’s Word if we are not careful.  Some may speculate that God’s Word might be too good to be true and not be willing to pay the price for it.  Yet, God’s Word is 100% guaranteed to provide what it says it will provide.  Look back again at Psalm 19.  What are the qualities found in God’s textbook?

The instruction of the LORD is PERFECT, renewing one’s life;

the testimony of the LORD is TRUSTWORTHY, making the inexperienced wise.

The precepts of the LORD are RIGHT, making the heart glad;

the command of the LORD is RADIANT, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the LORD is PURE, enduring forever;

the ordinances of the LORD are RELIABLE and altogether RIGHTEOUS.

They are more DESIRABLE than gold—than an abundance of pure gold;

and SWEETER than honey which comes from the honey comb.

In addition, Your servant is WARNED by them;

There is great reward in keeping them.

Psalm 19:7-11

God's Word 100%God’s word claims to be perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, reliable, righteous, desirable, sweet, and possess warnings for it’s students.  What other textbook, any book for that matter, can claim such attributes?  What cost would someone be willing to pay for such an instruction manual?  For most in the United States the cost of purchasing a bible is minimal to say the least.  However, in other countries, sacrificing one’s life to obtain even one page of God’s Word is a reality.  Why would someone be willing to risk it all to obtain God’s Word?

The Best Results

One last look at Psalm 19 reveals the benefits and outcome for the student who heeds and studies God’s Word.

The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life;

the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.

The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad;

the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever;

the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous.

They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold;

and sweeter than honey which comes from the honey comb.

In addition, Your servant is warned by them;

There is great reward in keeping them.

Psalm 19:7-11

Those who have spent time within the textbook of God’s Word know how refreshing and renewing His Words are to the soul.  It increases the student in wisdom and places joy in the heart that can be seen in the eyes.  This textbook that has been banished over and over throughout the centuries still remains.  And those who have sought to apply the instruction found within the pages of the Bible have received and continue to receive great reward.

So the challenge today: What is keeping you from learning through the pages of God’s textbook, the Bible?  It does us no good to have the correct textbook if we continue to leave it in our locker.  Next week we will consider how to utilize the textbook God has given His students so that we can continue to move from just drinking milk to eating meat this school year.  In the meantime, why not grab your Bible and spend some time within the pages of the greatest textbook God has given us.

My personal thoughts live:

Choosing the Right Curriculum as Students of Christ

Related Scriptures:

John 1:1, Revelation 19:3, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 34:8

Worship Songs for:

Jesus, You’re My Firm Foundation

The B.I.B.L.E.


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