Did you know that school is ALWAYS in session for the Christian? I’m not talking about the formal education of “reading, writing, and arithmetic,” but rather about the school that is in session for every one of the saints of God, who have been commanded to love God—not only with all their heart, soul, and strength, but with their minds as well!
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.”
As my mentor and friend Dr. D James Kennedy was fond of telling the congregation, “Don’t check your mind at the narthex when you enter this church.” We have been saved by God to think: to think God’s thought after Him. In other words, we are to think “Christianly.” School is always in session for the saints of God.
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
(1 Corinthians 14:20)
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18)
God tells us we are to be continually involved in holy higher education throughout our lives; there is never a time when we “graduate” and complete the schooling process. It is not enough for the Christian to have a heart that beats for Jesus, as important as that is. We must also have a mind that thinks like Jesus. We are commanded to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). God saves the soul, and in that process He also saves the mind.
The Christian mind knows that absolutely everything in this life has everything to do with God. We are to know nothing apart from Him, “For from him and through him and to him are all things” (Romans 11:36). We are to look at life through the lens of the Scriptures and make sure everything we think, say, and do, squares with God’s Word. The Bible provides the framework for living the life God has called us to live, and we are to live according to the wisdom of the Word . . . not the world. And that is why school is ALWAYS in session!
So . . . what kind of a student have you been? Have you been skipping any classes lately? Sleeping in? No worries! Every day is a new beginning and every new beginning is a new opportunity to become a serious student, committed to growing up into Christ. But it won’t happen by accident; it will only happen when we intentionally set our minds to the lifelong study of God, so that we may fully develop the mind of Christ.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!