Are You a Student?
When we hear the word student, we naturally think of children in school. And the opposite of a student is often thought to be a teacher.
But is that accurate? Because the best teachers I’ve known never stopped learning. They never stopped being students.
I wonder if the true opposite of a student is a know-it-all. Someone who doesn’t think he or she has anything more to learn on a given subject. Someone who, as they say, “has arrived.”
In episode six of The Chosen’s first season, the character of Nicodemus tells his protégé, “We are still students . . . All of us. Our understanding will never be complete.”
Perhaps the most dangerous area to be the opposite of a student is in the area of God and His Word. In this earthly life, can we ever arrive at a time when we know everything there is to know about God’s nature? Will we ever understand why He allows some of the things He does? Approaching the character and ways of God with anything less than humility is asking for trouble.
Someone once said, “All Scripture is equally true, but not all Scripture is equally clear.” Yet I confess, I’ve been guilty of speaking with authority on subjects of which I’ve only begun to scratch the surface. I can relate to blogger Stephen De La Vega when he wrote, “I imagine someday after I see Jesus face-to-face, that I will look back at all I have written in His name and recognize much that I misunderstood. May we teach, lead, and encourage others with humility, because we don’t understand all of God’s Word and His ways.”
As we speak and teach about God and His Word, may we—may I—maintain the apostle Paul’s burst of praise in Romans 11:33-36 as our foundation:
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
(This is eighth in a series of blog posts inspired by The Chosen, a multi-season series about the life of Jesus and His followers. Each post will highlight a quote sourced from Season 1. Previous posts include:
- Chosen Reflections: I Have Called You By Name
- Chosen Reflections: The Difference
- Chosen Reflections: Provision
- Chosen Reflections: Purpose
- Chosen Reflections: Fishers of Men
- Chosen Reflections: Do Whatever He Tells You
- Chosen Reflections: Follow the Leader