The accolades that come with receiving a degree are very much deserved and honored. However, the true distinguishing mark of a student is whether or not they will continue to learn after receiving their piece of paper. A true student will continue to work in the field they have been studying, but will also be diligent to not become complacent or prideful in the learning they have received.
This carries over into the walk of a student of Christ as well. It is so easy to become complacent and prideful as a believer. After a few years of walking with the Lord, a Christian can become confident in the amount of bible knowledge they have obtained, or even the prayer life they seem to maintain. However, the student of Christ is never without something new to learn of the great God Almighty. God’s Word teaches us that we are never to stop learning, but to continue pursuing the higher calling He has for us. Believers should be moved to press on in their pursuit of being conformed more into the image of Christ. Often this does not lend itself to a complacent, prideful spirit, but rather one of action.
Within 10 years of his death, the apostle Paul demonstrated this student of Christ mentality beautifully as he modeled for us his own desire to continue his education.
“My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:10-14
Does this sound like a man who already knew everything and was content to sit and watch the younger generation carry on God’s plan? No! Paul, as an older student, was still desiring to press on to know Christ!!
What was he striving to learn?
- Know Christ
- Power of His resurrection
- Fellowship of His sufferings
- Conformed to His death
How did he manage to pursue this higher learning?
- Forgetting what is behind and pressing on to what was ahead.
We have no excuse. If the man who was so literate in the ways of the Jews as well as his unprecedented walk with God still desired to learn more of Christ, His resurrection, His sufferings, and His death, why would we think we should desire anything less. May we press on toward the goal of the heavenly call of growing in our likeness of Christ. May we not stop learning from the God who gives all knowledge and wisdom to His children. May we embrace the sanctification process and continue to pursue the higher education that comes from God alone. May we continue to walk in grace and step out in faith as we journey along together as students of Christ.
What better way to embrace the sanctification process than to seek out what God’s word says regarding it? Beginning this Saturday, the yearly Write 31 Days challenge begins. Lord willing, I have decided to participate with the focus of the writing on the Joy of Sanctification. I would love for you to join me and offer your own comments on the topic. Joining Faith Steps Journey’s weekly e-mail ensures you will not miss any of the writings surrounding the Joy of Sanctification. In addition, you will also receive a FREE copy of Walk with God.