Knowledge puffeth up —1 Corinthians 8:1
Daniel 12:4 prophesies in the end times, “knowledge shall be increased.” By the time of the industrial revolution (1820-1840) a body of knowledge was established, accumulated from Adam to the time of the industrial revolution. By 1900 this expanse of knowledge doubled. By 1950 it doubled again. By 1960 it doubled again. By 1965 it doubled again. Today, this mass of knowledge—everything man knows—is doubling every two years. We are truly living in the “information age.”
Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book, Future Shock, prophesies what might happen when there is “too much change in too short of a period of time.” He contended that the enormous changes taking place and the sudden increase of knowledge will eventually overwhelm people. Man’s cranial computer would not be able to take it all in. The accelerated rate of technological and social change will leave people disconnected and suffering from “shattering stress and disorientation,” hence, future shocked. In such a scenario as Toffler described he coined the term “information overload.”
What a picture of today when many are educated beyond their intelligence! As Paul wrote, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). It’s not how much you know, but who do you know? Do you know Jesus, “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).
While I thank God for the education I received in Bible College, there are a few things that were not included in the curriculum. These are things I’m still learning after I graduation…
- How to love. Jesus is teaching me this by realizing how He loves me and loves others.
- I never knew how complicated peoples lives can be. Counseling hurting and broken lives is the hardest part of the ministry. Before every counseling session I need to pray to God for wisdom (James. 1:5).
- Seminary did not teach me leadership skills and how to manage people. I’m still learning this.
- While homiletics taught me the mechanics of preaching, it did not teach me how to preach. Preaching is more than an event. It is my life that preaches more effectively than any sermon from the pulpit.
- While I had my preacher “heroes” in college, I had to learn to let God make me into the preacher He wanted me to be and not try to be someone else.
- I do not recall much attention given to family matters. A pastor’s number one ministry is to his own family.
- How judgmental and mean-spirited some “Christians” (and other preachers) can be. Seminary did not prepare me for how some church members would betray you and gossip about you. This was something that “blindsided” me.
- Another truth I would have to learn on the fly, was that the church was God’s church … not mine. I am only God’s under-shepherd.
- I’ve learned pastoring is not for the faint of heart. I’m glad the ministry is a calling, and NOT a profession. If God hadn’t called me to preach, I’d probably would have quit long ago (as well I should have).
We never stop learning, do we?