I trust that you got something from last week’s piece as I wrote about the secular way. Now, let me share briefly about the spiritual way that leadeth to eternal life from a perspective pursuant to the importance of what it means to acquire a biblical education, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Do you not know that one can read the holy scriptures, diligently, until s/he becomes blue in the face, and yet fail to get an accurate and meaningful understanding of those scriptures, s/he hasn’t accomplished very much at all. We must first understand and believe what is written … and then practice it. Faith without works (action) is dead, or is of no real good.
From the spiritual perspective, we must apply to our lives what we read in the Holy Bible so that we can please God in our daily walk. We must understand, believe, and accept the fact that all of us have been born with a godly-purpose in this life; not merely for secular living purposes, but for spiritual living as well. Our very purpose for being born into this world in the first place, was and still is, to live in such a manner that we bring pleasure, glory, and honor to Almighty God Jehovah. In a nutshell as it were, there it is! Ladies and gentlemen, that is why you and I were born on planet earth. So don’t get it twisted! As practicing Christians (true believers), it’s not at all about us, it’s all about God and living so that we please and bring him glory.
Let me conclude this two-part series by saying once more that acquiring a quality education is very important all right, in the secular and spiritual realms; do get wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, but put God first in all that we do here and now and beyond. So let’s not take “The Importance of Education and Scholarship too lightly. Again, Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Gerald D. Tyler, an ordained elder with senior pastoral experience, has been a God-called practicing minister since 1977 teaching and preaching the salvation gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.