Back to School

Itís that back to school time Ė something parents look forward to and children often donít! But itís important to get a good education and learn what you can when youíre young. Some youngsters canít wait to finish their schooling and get on with their working lives. But in these days of lifelong learning there is always something to be learnt, something new to discover, which makes life exciting.

One thing I am discovering as I get older is that, as a believer in Jesus Christ, there is no end to finding out about Him, his ways, his word, his purposes for us. And, in fact, we could view the whole of this life as a training ground of preparation for the life to come.

When the apostle Paul was writing to Timothy he wrote: ĎStudy to show yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truthí. (2 Tim 2:15). This kind of Ďstudyí or diligence is about how we live our lives, how we read and teach Godís word and live it out.

Peter also wrote to his readers: Ď..make every effort to add to your faith goodness, to goodness knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ö be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never fall and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christí. (2 Peter 1:5-11)

We can study to be qualified in many different areas of life, but the best qualifica-tion is when we trust in Christ, God himself qualifies us Ďto share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of lightí. (Col 1:12).

Because Jesus Christ the sinless Son of God died and rose again we can be cleansed and forgiven and live out this life for him qualified for heaven. Trust him to-day and go on in faith.

Brenda Critchley