Two kinds of knowledge
School study is good, but don't lose focus on what's most important.
Going to school, studying and learning is all about gaining knowledge. We study geography to lean about the earth and how it works. We study Physics to better understand our physical world, from tiny atoms to the vast solar system and beyond. We study mathematics to be able to work out tricky equations, and we study English to look back at some great writers and try to understand their views on the world around us. All of this study is for the pursuit of gaining knowledge. The hope is that it will make us better people, able to more effectively live and function in this world.
But there is a knowledge more important for our lives than any and all of our school subjects rolled into one!
This is the “knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3 & 3:18).
The knowledge that He has saved us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of Light. The knowledge that He gives us, which helps us to live out our lives as His people and be godly.
How do we gain this knowledge? Well if we are Christians, then we have already gained the most important bit of knowledge, because we have understood that we need Jesus to be our Saviour. This is the most valuable piece of information in the whole wide world!
In the 2nd letter of Peter, the author goes to great lengths to explain to those Christians he is writing to that he wants them to keep growing in their knowledge. He knows that by reminding them of the truth, they will become established as they remember the things spoken by the prophets, the commands of Jesus and all that the apostles have written. In remembering and living by these things, they will continue in the faith.
This applies to us too. Of all the knowledge we want to have and grow in, the one we should focus on the most is that which gives eternal life and helps us to remain in Christ!
So as you study school subjects and gain knowledge in different fields, be thankful that God has given you opportunities to learn. But above all that, make sure you keep pursuing godly knowledge, and keep learning from God’s Word how to live for Him in His world!
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