I had just finished possibly the most helpful and exciting class of my college career, Intro to Theology. As much as I learned in that class, I lament the fact that I don’t currently have the opportunity to pursue continued, formal training in theology.
I shared these thoughts with my friend and mentor at the Library, who looked at me across the table and said, “God sends everyone to their own customized seminary throughout his or her life.”
I have been thinking about this statement ever since that day. Of course God sends us to His seminary! He teaches us every day, every moment, in perfect ways for us.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
There is a place for seminaries and theologians, but God has us in our own personal theology classes every day of our lives! All we have to do is be teachable and look into the light He has shined upon our hearts.
Why would we mourn the fact that we may not be able to learn theology from man, when we can always learn theology from God?
“…The anointing that you received from [Jesus] abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.“ 1 John 2:27
Part of Christianity is reading the Bible, learning Church history, studying with believers, and loving unbelievers. But an easily forgotten part of Christianity is God Himself.
God wants us to know Him so well that we can trust Him for who He is, not what He does. He wants us to seek the works of His hands. But maybe even more than His hands, God wants us to seek His face.
“Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11, NIV
God wants us to fill our gaze with the majesty of His countenance. No knowledge or work will ever transform us. Knowing God is what will transform us.
“Whenever we turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there we are—face-to-face! We suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when…there is nothing between us and God, our faces shine with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually become brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.“ 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, The Message