There is no royal or easy road to knowledge. It comes through persistent and painstaking study (A.P Gibbs). Anyone who is not ready to learn is not ready to know. In fact, I discovered that one of the principal purposes Christ came to fulfill on earth is to impart divine knowledge that will cause us to become who we were designed by God to be.
Whenever people take learning for granted, they waste opportunities for knowledge capable of changing their lives.
So, I like to discuss one of the ways we learn. Studying.
Studying means you painstakingly apply your mind in order to acquire knowledge or skill. To examine, consider, scrutinize, to look contemplatively at something until the truth is juiced out, and to take into consideration in order to receive wisdom.
Learning through studying calls for earnest and self denying determination. Someone has said, “There are two kinds of readers. Those who go through a book, and those who allow a book to go through them.” These are ways you can learn through studying.
1. Apply Your Heart to Learning.
It was King Solomon who said, “Apply your heart unto instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge…Bow down your ear and hear the words of the wise and apply your heart unto my knowledge (Proverbs 23:12, 22:17).
Solomon was saying bring to bear, put to use, assign, direct and devote your heart to instruction and knowledge. Your ear is meant for hearing but your heart is meant for learning. We all need to direct our hearts to God’s instructions and knowledge through studying before we can learn.
2. Study on Purpose
To become an effective learner through study calls for a study on purpose. Why will you just study Bible, books, mentors, situations without a purpose of what you really want to accomplish, know, change, correct or discover. Those who make the best of study are those who do it on purpose.
3. Study to Show the Proofs of Learning
The purpose of studying is learning, but the proof of learning is growth. When you study, you must have something to show for it. You must have proofs that shows you are better than yesterday. You must grow in knowledge, skill, character, wisdom and attitude. You need to always ask yourself, get correct assessment from friends and loved ones who can tell you the truth. “What do I have to show for my study so far?” You need this to check whether you are making progress in your study.
I hope and pray that you will grow in your purpose through a lifestyle of study – check The Indispensable Quality of a Growing Leader