Self-Examination (Part 53)
Mind: Over-Educated Minds
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NKJV)
He is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
1 Timothy 6:4-5 (NASB)
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB)
Well-educated minds enjoy testing, because they're gifted from God to ace them. They sail through reading, research and exams. They achieve various advanced degrees. But academia can cause swagger, so intellectual saints must beware the strut of overly confident steps.
But the pride of super-charged intellects is just one undermining condition of present-day over-education. A different course of apprenticeship is now overwhelmingly promoted by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2); it's a discipleship in media. Countless millions are currently enrolled.
What about all the mentorships in sports? For devoted players and avid fans, sports can be their primary religion. The teacher, Paul, also liked a good game, but he kept it in proper perspective: 'Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come' (1 Timothy 4:8).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider some of the warning signs of a dangerous curriculum:
1. After you rise and before you sleep, it's the first and last thing on your mind.
2. Textbooks, playbooks and good story lines aren't just special dates, but love affairs.
3. Manmade awards and accomplishments are your key sources of joy and pride.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, your main course of study must be God. He is your utmost Examiner,* so don't get wrongly preoccupied.
To Be Continued...
* 'I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind' (Jeremiah 17:10).
* 'Yet, O Lord of hosts, You who test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart...' (Jeremiah 20:12).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.