Friday, March 05, 2010

Edification: building up of the soul


It's the last day of Spring break here at SEBTS. I'm sitting in my P.J.'s trying to avoid doing anything productive. I should be catching up on all the reading I have or studying for my Hebrew test on Wednesday. Ugh. What's the point? I've already forgotten the Greek I studied and stressed over last year...

What is the point? Why am I, a dude not made for academics, inflicting 90 credit hours of grad work on myself...?

As I was struggling with these thoughts this morning I read this quote by Richard Baxter:
"Hard studies, much knowledge, and excellent preaching, if the ends be not right, is but more glorious hypocritical sinning. The saying of Bernard is commonly known: 'Some desire to know merely for the sake of knowing, and that is shameful curiosity. Some desire to know that they may sell their knowledge, and that too is shameful. Some desire to know for reputation’s sake, and that is shameful vanity. But there are some who desire to know that they may edify others, and that is praiseworthy; and there are some who desire to know that they themselves may be edified, and that is wise.'"
Pray for me, I want to be edified by my studies so that I may edify others. I want to reflect the words of Paul in Colossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

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