As schools resume and teaching gets underway and first progress reports come back, Christians also ought to consider what class they are in and how they have grown.
In school it is helpful to know what class you are in. There is a great advantage to knowing your place, and what you are to do. It is only when we know our place and are clear about our work, that we can do it. But like in school, Christians should never just be content to stay in the same class year after year. There must be growth and advancement. Though we should not forget to bless God for what He has given us, we must never think that we have attained or already become perfect. There is no state or class on earth that should be so satisfying to Christians that it diverts them from looking up.
But as Christians consider where we have grown, we must also be careful not to just mark advancement in knowledge or book learning or in how many times we have gone to prayer meeting or worship. Moving from one opinion to another, from one persuasion to another is not growth or advancement. As Paul says, to remain tossed to and fro, is but to remain a child (Eph. 4:13-15).
Rather as we reflect on being in Christ’s school, let us be very careful that we are not only in Christ, but that we are also walking in Him, and as He walked. Your study of the Word not only commands you, but it also promises you, and gives you light for your path. Check your ambition to see that it is to glorify Him and let your light shine before men, rather than selfish achievement.
May it be our desire to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
– Adapted from Ralph Venning “Learning in Christ’s School” p. 271-273.