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Growing Together

Have you ever shared a class with someone who made it nearly impossible to learn? There were always a handful of these students where I went to school, the ones who spent more time talking over the teacher than taking notes. Sometimes it seemed unfair that the rest of us were pressured to succeed in an environment with so many distractions. Why didn’t someone just tell the underachievers to leave? It wasn’t until later that I realized every student needed the opportunity to learn, and it was up to us to decide how we used the knowledge we received.

As Christians, we will face similar struggles against the world. Following Jesus when there are so many distractions might seem difficult, unfair or even impossible. But Jesus explains in Matthew 13:24-30 that it is necessary for all of us to grow together: “...While you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the time of harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.”

One day we will all be divided according to whether or not we have a relationship with Jesus. Until then, we must not become distracted or lose focus from following Him. Proverbs tells us the best way to stay focused on God is to stay in His word. “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you” (Proverbs 4:5-6).

The Bible should be our protector and our guide. But like the know-it-alls at my school, many Christians are more concerned with sounding smart than gaining wisdom. Search your heart today and ask, What am I doing with what I’m learning?

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