In Plato’s ideal world the only area of study until the age of twenty was to be music and gymnastics. Twenty to thirty would be filled with math, logic and grammar. Thirty to fifty would be a time to work in the community. Fifty to sixty would be a time to study philosophy and finally at sixty one could be ready to serve in government. If we had such a system in place several presidential candidates would have to withdraw and wait. The emphasis is obviously on maturity with the assumption that young people think they know but don’t know because they don’t know what they don’t know.
This certainly brings I Corinthians 2:9 to mind. “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love him–.”
I am often amused at people who speak with such authority about God and eternity. We don’t know what we don’t know. Paul also wrote, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, . . .” Ephesians 3:20.
Being a citizen of God’s kingdom brings an unbelievable series of stipendiaries. Surprise after surprise awaits us. I am not talking about Disneyland kind of surprises but surprises of the mind. Doors opening to areas of thought expanding our horizons in a never ending road to maturity. We will never be mature because there will always be something more to thrill our intellectual senses. Each new area will be seasoned with God’s love. This just cannot be missed. Come and join us. Please.
Written by Roger Bothwell on September 22, 2015
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