Class 32: “On the Importance of Your Early Education” (Part 1)
Today, we are beginning a new study titled, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EARLY EDUCATION.
Allow me to begin with a word from Laura Bush. She said, “I think education is the single most important issue in our country. If we can get that one thing right, if we can make sure every single child gets a great education, it will solve a lot of our other problems.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
In this letter, I want to shift gears a little. I want to get off of spiritual matters and get onto the matters of the mind. In this letter, I want to talk to you about the importance of your early education. So many young people today do not take their early education seriously. When I talk about an early education, I am referring to the education one can gain from the age of eleven and upward. It is vital that you see the importance of education at an early age.
The value of getting a good education is all around us. God even addresses the importance of increasing knowledge in His Word. Notice Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man (wise woman) will hear and will increase learning; and a man (woman) of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”
Proverbs 9:9 tells us: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” So become wiser by increasing in knowledge.
Now, increasing in knowledge does not happen by osmosis. There are certain things that will help you in your early education:
First, you must have an internal motivation to want to learn. You must have a desire to learn. No one can put that in you. It’s a heart thing. It’s a made up mind that says: “I want to learn. I want to know about the world around me.”
Second, you must take responsibility for your learning. Your teachers can teach until they are blue in the face, and your parents can fuss at you about taking your schooling seriously, but your education will not be to you what it should be until you take full responsibility for it.
Third, realize and keep in mind that what you learn will help you in life. It will help make life better for you. If you play around and waste your time in junior and senior high school, your actions will show up in college and in your life. If you go to college just to pass the time, you will have a hard time in the working world. Don’t go to school to play. Go to school to learn, and be all that God wants you to be.
Yours for a Great Early Education,
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
Let’s look at 3 reasons getting a good education is so important:
1. Getting a good education causes us to increase in understanding.
Proverbs 1:5 says, “A wise man (wise woman) will hear and will increase learning; and a man (woman) of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”
Th definition of understanding according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is to, “perceive the intended meaning of something” or to “infer something from information received”. It also means “having insight or good judgment.” God has provided many different ways for us to learn about Him, His world, and His plan and purpose for us in His world. It is our responsibility to be open to the opportunities we have to increase in learning and listen to wise counsel.
2. Getting a good education helps us to gain wisdom.
Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
The only way to gain wisdom is by asking God for it. When we ask God to give us wisdom, He not only gives it to us by the power of His Holy Spirit, but He shows us ways in which we can become wiser in our everyday lives. You’ve probably heard the saying “all truth is God’s truth.” This statement is very true. God’s truth is revealed through science, history, geography, mathematics, and many other subjects. Teachers, mentors, and coaches are placed in our lives at various times to teach us and help us increase in learning. By doing so, these people help us to become wiser. Learning is not a lonely journey. God and other Godly people come alongside us to help us along, and in return, we should come alongside those who are younger than us and help them along on life’s journey.
3. Getting a good education keeps us from getting sidetracked with foolish and petty endeavours.
Proverbs 4:13 says, “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”
God does not look lightly on ignorance. He places a high value on knowledge, instruction, and wisdom, as we can see throughout the book of Proverbs. Listening to good instruction should be one of our main priorities in life. One of the surest ways to overcome feelings of depression, stress, and powerlessness is to get a good education, listen to wise counsel, and “take fast hold of instruction”. When we don’t know what we need to know, we become worried and stressed about the next step. But when we know better, it is our responsibility to do better.
Someone said, “Education can polish men, but only the blood of Christ can cleanse them.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “ON THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EARLY EDUCATION“.
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.