Can you still learn, or are you at the point where you know it all? Michelangelo is known as one of the greatest sculptors and painters ever, but as he grew older, he became blind. He couldn’t see his work anymore. One day he found his way inside the Vatican art gallery. With his blind eyes turned upward, he felt around with his hands until he came to one of his famous sculptures. As he ran his hands over the marble, he said, “Great is this marble; greater still the hand that carved it; greatest of all, the God Who fashioned the sculptor. I still learn. I still learn.”
Just when we think we’ve learned it all, God teaches us something else. That’s why we should never be comfortable with our spiritual lives. We ought to be constantly growing and moving forward. We can do this only as often as we spend time in God’s Word. This will bring transformation to every part of our Christian walk. It will make preaching become relevant and stir our passion for witnessing. Like Michelangelo, we should be able to say, “I still learn. I still learn.” He never got tired of learning, and neither should we.
So what can you do to keep spiritually learning and growing? Plan to spend time in your Bible. Pray as you study. Ask God to help you understand what you’re reading so you can apply it to your life. Bring a notebook and pen to church so you can write down and review the truths you learn. And don’t hesitate to ask questions. As long as you can still learn, you’ll keep growing, because learning is the secret to living.
It is what we think we know already that prevents us from learning. — Claude Bernard
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder