Sunday, February 17, 2013

Muddy Thinking or Precious Learning


At the end of your life,
you can’t take your jewelry with you,
you can’t take your home or your car,
your clothes or any other possession with you.
But there is one golden possession that I believe does stay with you:

Learning.

Milwaukee Public Library Stacks
(c) Lisa Guinther 2013

Don’t waste your times with sitcoms or endless video games; instead read. Read difficult books, deep books, thoughtful books that stretch your mind-muscle. Don’t muddy your thinking with television but exercise your powers of concentration past the 10 minute period before the next commercial break.

Discover the treasure trove of great literature, poetry, epic novels and historical dramas. Test the depth of your faith and knowledge of the Bible by studying the amazing records of history surrounding the ancient world. Read about the world of Egypt, Ur of the Chaldeans, or follow the rise of the Greek world and the birth of philosophy. Enliven your understanding of the New Testament by studying the history of the Roman Empire. Do not allow yourself to be settled and satisfied in your learning.  Do not become stagnate in your understandings. Grow!

I believe that as Christians who are called to build God’s kingdom on earth, we are also called to build up our inner nature, you know, the one that is being “renewed day by day” (2 Cor .4:16), and if we are to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) then we need to study, read, learn, and grow.

I am convinced that the process of learning is the precious gems, gold and silver you build on the sound foundation that is Jesus Christ. (cf. 1 Cor. 3:11) That is what St. Paul is writing about in that passage.
 
So when your building is tested by fire, what will remain?
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw; the work of each builder will become visible...because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire."

1 Corinthians 3:11-15


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