Where I live, kiddos will be going back to school this week and I'm sure that most of them are not very excited about it. It is crazy for me because I now have a child starting their second year in college, a senior in high school and a sophomore in high school. It really seems like time has flown through these parenting years. One thing that is certain for all three of my kiddos is that no matter how old they are, they will come out of this year of school having learned some things that they didn't know at the beginning of this year. That is the whole point of school - to help you learn new things. If you didn't need to learn new things you wouldn't be there (and my child in college wouldn't be paying so much to be there!). But, what if God felt that way about our spiritual walk as well?
What if God expected us to continue to learn and grow every day as if we were in "spiritual school?" I don't mean seminary; I just mean that we shouldn't be the same person today that we were a year ago because we are moving forward and growing. We are learning and growing and letting God stretch us. Here are a few verses to show what I mean:
Psalm 119:64 (NIV) "The earth is filled with Your love, LORD; teach me Your decrees."
Isaiah 48:17 (NIV) "This is what the LORD says - your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isreal: 'I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you the way you should go.'"
2 Timothy 1:13-14 (NIV) "What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you - guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us."
God expects us to learn through Him and through others He puts in our lives continuously. But it doesn't stop there; He wants us to share that with others as well. He wants us to grow so we can then help others to grow. He created a system to continue to grow, love, and teach itself through Him. Here was Jesus' final command to us before He left this earth:
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) 'Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"
Whatever God is showing you isn't meant just for you. Perhaps there are elements that are personal, but the overall teaching can be shared with others. We are meant to lift each other up in our own ways and we are all learning something that can be helpful to someone else.
What is God teaching you that can help someone else today?