Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Gotcha's Distractions: Academia
Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
I have many well-educated friends. If you're among them, take a breath and smile. As for me, I didn't finish college, and I regretted it for many years.

But I lost patience with my professors who rambled in lofty flights of fancy. Plus, my mother's business was calling me: the Millie Lewis Schools and Agencies, where I could assist with rising talent.

Together, we started AMTC, but that's a story for another day.

Here's my challenge with academia. (The Apostle Paul faced the same challenge:)

'For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing' (Acts 17:21, NKJV).

Paul warned young Timothy (also us): 'Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge' (1 Timothy 6:20, NIV).

Let me propose two enlightening points:

1) No matter how many degrees you've earned, you're only a child compared to the Lord. Therein, if you get proud of your knowledge, please expect a Fatherly correction.

2) If you're a high scholastic achiever, Paul was a much heralded young man, too. After Christ, Paul called his knowledge worthless, and Jesus became his only pursuit.*

## Gotcha's Distractions: Academia (Part 53)

* 'But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him...' (Philippians 3:7-9, NKJV).

* 'And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:1-2, NKJV).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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