Grow | Devotion #3: Growing with Knowledge
James Mann | Children’s Director
Growing in God is undoubtedly the most important thing one can do to develop in God personally. Growing takes you from someone who just attends a Gathering and bumps you up to the next level. For me personally, growing has been furthering my knowledge and relationship with God. In 2017, I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Oakland University. Immediately, I joined Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. It is not my goal to just have an extra piece of paper to hang on the wall. I truly believed that the next step for my personal growth was to study God at the graduate level. It has been a game changer on how much closer I have gotten to God. Going into my master’s program, I had the mindset that I knew everything there was to know, and this degree would be a breeze. I sat through my first class, and my eyes were truly opened to how little I knew about Him. I remember sitting there and not understanding every tenth word my professor used. It was extremely discouraging but humbling at the same time.
James 3:17 (NIV) says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 1:5 (NIV) adds, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Knowledge is an important thing; there is no arguing that. Since God is and should be the center and most important thing in our lives, we should be centering our knowledge around Him. The Bible tells us He will give us this knowledge if we ask. That is simply what I did, and He opened the doors for me to have access to the knowledge achievable in a graduate program.
I will never tell someone they should not go to school. I am a very big proponent of schooling and think it is something in which everyone should find value. What I will say is that depending on what stage of life you are in, God may open a door that might be different than mine. There are many ways to grow in your knowledge of Him. Your avenue could be one of our Growth Communities, a discipleship program, or maybe it is schooling. Whatever path you choose, ask God to show you the way. A crucial point to add is that once He shows you how to grow, do not ignore Him. Instead, act on it.