Hang with me as I walk you through my train of thought recently – this might be a bumpy ride.
I’ve become a little cynical about some higher education. I’m all for being educated, but I really wonder sometimes about our system. Many students come out of school with such enormous school debt that they may never get it paid off. I read an article that many law students struggle to find jobs, and their school debt is astronomical.
Then I thought, if the law is so difficult to understand that you have to go through at least four years of school (probably more) to practice, how in the world is the “common person” expected to understand and keep it. Seems to me the law ought to be simple enough for us to “get it” if we’re expected to obey it. Don’t even get me started on tax law.
Then my mind went to the Bible. Do we really need a post-graduate degree to understand what God is trying to share with us? Really? I am fascinated with some of the nuances of Scripture. I get that it was originally written in specific languages, in specific contexts, with specific people, but is this really graduate-level information?
And what about the fact that the Apostle John wrote, ““But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” 1 John 2:27
In Ephesians, we read that God has provided the church (ekklesia) with teachers, so I’m not against having teachers. But we must remember all human teachers are biased and flawed – which is why we should ultimately allow God’s own Spirit to reveal truth.
Today’s Good News is I believe you can know God’s will and purpose for your life. I believe you can discover this by spending time just reading the Bible and asking the Spirit to teach you. I also believe the Bible often assumes we are doing life in community, and God uses the community around us to help clarify what we read in the Bible.
So, spend some time reading God’s love letter to you. Recognize the main character is Jesus (not us) and what He’s come to do for us. A friend once told me, “If what you’re reading in the Bible doesn’t sound like Good News, keep reading.” Then gather with some friends and talk about it. You’ll find God really does love you – and that’s really Good News!
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