This picture is of STEPHEN Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge ( 1920 – August 14, 2009), he holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to start primary school—he enrolled in the first grade in Kenya on January 12th 2004, aged 84. While he was looking to learn basic reading, writing, and arithmetic, what he was really doing was teaching us all that learning requires humility. A teachable heart is a hungry but humble heart.
As I was seeking God for today’s devotion, I asked, “Lord, what do you want me to teach today?” He replied, “Don’t you mean, what do I want you to learn today?” I chuckled and said, “touché”. Then He said, “Tell them, never stop learning”.
I must admit that most times when I think God is using me to help or teach someone else, I’m usually the one getting schooled. There is always something new to learn or grow in when it comes to the things of God. The bible tells us that we are working toward the perfecting of the saints. (Ephesians 4) That “ing” suffix means that it’s a continual ongoing process. At least at present.
In His earthly ministry, Jesus always worked in a teaching capacity and is even recognized by other religions as the greatest teacher the world has ever known. The Holy Spirit, likewise, is a teacher, as told to us in John 14:26. As implied by the title granted them as teachers, they will never stop teaching; therefore we should never stop learning. If ever you find yourself in a place where you have stopped learning new things from God, don’t think for a second that it’s because you know all you need to know, it’s really just that you’ve stopped paying attention to the teacher.
“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” – Proverbs 4:1
God is a Father by nature, and by nature fathers teach their children. We could spend a lifetime communing, receiving instruction, and learning from our Heavenly Father and never come close to scratching the surface of His wisdom and understanding. Realizing that there is always more to learn is a revelation in understanding that there are always going to be things you don’t yet know. Maybe some of those things that we don’t yet know are things that someone else does! Maybe we even need to go back to primary school when we thing we are so spiritually mature and relearn some things we missed, misunderstood, or forgot. I learn my best lessons and get the greatest revelations from the simplest things, like bible stories usually reserved for Sunday school classes and kids bibles.
Remember, a humble heart is a teachable heart. God can’t pour new oil into the empty or half-filled jars of your mind if you’ve sealed them all shut thinking they were already full. Seek God for new wisdom, insight, and revelation daily with an open mind and a humble heart, confirming everything with scripture, and never stop learning.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” – Proverbs 1:5
“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” – Proverbs 18:15
“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” – Proverbs 9:9