I have just completed my initial training to become a teacher. After only 6 weeks of training, I have started my teaching career (although there will be much more training along the way). During this time I have thought a lot about the way we learn, not just the teenagers I am about to teach, but everyone, including myself.

To grow as a Christian we need to learn and develop:

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will…so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”Colossians 1:9-10 [NIV]

There are many parts to this passage that are vital to that development. Firstly, continually asking for knowledge, to thirst for God to reveal himself and to help us understand. Secondly, that we live a life that will reflect God’s glory to the best of our ability. Thirdly, that our lives are increasingly in line with God’s way as we understand more about what God wants for us.

What is the last thing you learnt about God that affected the way you live?

How do you learn best?

There may be plateaus and dips through our journey, but often the time we are closest to God is during our times of learning. We can learn without growing, but then it is not impacting on our relationship with God. We can grow without learning but then there is little to secure that growth.

Are you in a period of growth or of plateau? How do you know?

What area of your life with God do you feel God wants you to develop?

Anna Naish
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald

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