Whether we like to admit it or not, we are stewards of everything we possess. Nothing belongs to us alone. Instead, we have been entrusted with a responsibility to invest our time and efforts in the growth of God’s Kingdom.
This includes our thought-life and the way we fulfil the potential of our minds. We have a sacred responsibility to be the best student that we can be whether we like to admit it or not.
The responsibility does not end there however. We also are expected to apply the principles learned consistently in our own lives, and teach others to do the same. This is what Paul hints at when he wrote to Timothy challenging him to present himself to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy ch.2 v.15).
Fortunately, we are not alone. We have a teacher, the Holy Spirit – who is able to guide us patiently into the lifestyle we crave for deep down; and a community of fellow travellers, seeking the same as ourselves willing to share what revelation we have to build one-another up.
Of course this sounds just like a load of idealistic nonsense – as if somehow reducing spirituality to the level of a recipe book will make all the hurt we experience from interacting with eachother go away. But that’s the good news – despite our moral failings, our selfishness, our hidden agendas, our laziness our inability to look beyond the immediate and grasp the eternal.
In spite of all this God doesn’t give up on us. He keeps on reminding us of who we truly are when we look deeply into the mirror of His Word and see the unashamed workman who correctly handles the truth.
That is why we study – to see ourselves.