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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)
TITLE: Yearning to Learning
By Larry Elliott
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There are, of course, various levels of learning for each individual. Even those with some form of mental handicap will learn to some capacity. We must learn to be able to survive. One would not last long without learning from the first experience that fire hurts, running into a wall or falling from a tree hurts. We learn there are laws of nature and limitations of our physical bodies that will not allow certain things to happen. We also have the capability to learn ways around these limits, hence, the airplane, submarine, spacecraft and super glue.
Yet these things refer to only this physical world. There is another method of learning we should experience and practice daily. Once we are saved by the blood and mercy of Christ, our spirit must learn, and continue learning, so we may grow and survive in the spiritual realm. As with the physical, the level of spiritual knowledge is limited only by the individual.
In 1977, years before we met, my wife gave birth to a boy, Jeremy. He lived about two years. Jeremy was born without a brain. He did have a brain stem, which controlled reflex actions, such as heartbeat, breathing, nursing a bottle, and crying. The doctors claimed he could see and hear, but he had no capability to process any information. Jeremy could never learn anything. I propose that Jeremy’s situation is very similar to an individuals spiritual being before regeneration by the Holy Spirit at rebirth.
Jeremy would never know any of the wondrous things of this world. An unsaved person cannot possibly understand the extraordinary things of the spiritual life the Holy Spirit gives.
So, if you can read this, understand that you are privileged. And if you are born again of the Holy Spirit of God you are blessed. Now, go forth and learn.