With the start of a new school year there comes an increased emphasis on learning. Study and hard work lie ahead.
But it is worth noting that there are some things we should NOT learn. Jeremiah warned God’s people to “learn not the way of the heathen” (Jer. 10:2). Certainly this counsel is much needed in today’s world. All sorts of wickedness and immorality are being promoted in our culture. Young people – be careful! Don’t let the influences of a sinful world take you on a path to eternal destruction. We pray that you will have the wisdom to realize that the things of this world are temporary (1 John 2:15-17) and the pleasure they bring won’t last (Heb. 11:25).
On the other hand, there are definitely some things that you need learn. “Learn to do well,” so said Isaiah (1:17). And Paul added, “learn to maintain good works” (Titus 3:14). These things do not come naturally, so you must work at learning them. Spend some time thinking seriously about what you can do that will help the cause of Christ, promote His church, and assist his disciples. There are many opportunities, but you must be looking for them – and you must learn to use them.
Of course, the most important thing to learn is obedience to God. It is said, even of Jesus, that “though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb. 5:8). His example is the one we must follow (1 Pet. 2:21). When we learn from Jesus, we find “rest for our souls” (Matt. 11:29).
Young people, as you begin a new year of learning, beware of the bad lessons out there. Avoid them! Commit yourself to learning the good things of God. You’ll never regret it.
- by Greg Gwin
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