“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”
As I finish my degree in Christian Leadership, I am beginning to focus on working toward eventually getting a Masters in Secondary Education for Math. I have had both memories of hearing others (and thinking myself) while in high school “Why do I need to know this?” as well as heard current classmates working toward teaching degrees and students at the elementary school where I work asking the same question.
Come to think of it, as children (and even adults) we ask more than anything:
Why do I have to do this? Why do I need this? Why is this important? Why should I care?
Asking these questions is not bad, but we should be willing to learn from the answers.
Because, those answers just might be “thy life.”
Jesus famously said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) so that qualifies Him for authority. We should listen to what He says.
But beyond that …
We want to know as children why, because we want to know how things work. Some of us never grow out of that.
Parents share what they have learned from others and from experience what a child needs to know about how this world works so that they might have a better life, or at the very least that they might be able to live this life.
God the Father wants us to live life.
He sent prophets. He sent His Son. He sent His Church.
God has given us instruction for life, even to the point of coming in person to teach us.
Just as the things we learn as children help prepare us to be adults, the things we learn from God’s word – written, spoken, and lived out – help prepare us for eternity.
As Jesus said:
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
The only way to eternal life is to believe and follow Jesus’ instructions, His commands. Read your Bible, learn His ways, and put them into practice.
Lord Jesus, give us a passion for your words. Give us ears to hear, minds to understand, wisdom to implement, and the strength to live.