Why education?

Today, as Education Week commences, we welcome students and parents from our local schools to our 10:30am service to celebrate the great gift of education we have in this country.
It’s easy to take things for granted, so we want to stop and thank God for the riches education brings to our society and showcase some of the wonderful young talent we have in our community. In doing so, it’s also good to reflect on why education is so important.
Education for education’s sake is about as valuable as a body builder working out and then never using his muscles. Education must have a purpose, and therein lies a problem. Our young people are not convinced that working hard to get a good job to get a good house is worth all the effort. They see too many examples of those who have all that and are still not happy.
So then, what is the purpose of learning? The question leads us into philosophical areas where governments are loathe to tread because of their need to be politically correct. But the issue remains – our young people need a purpose to life if they are going to: a) be motivated, and b) achieve anything in life.
The Christian world view revels in the wonder of a creation God has given us to enjoy and explore. A world we are called to rule over, care for and protect. A world wherein our purpose is to serve the one who made us, and in that service find true freedom and happiness.

In such a situation education becomes a crucial way for us to learn how to do our best for the one who gave it all to us in the first place. It is a purpose for living that takes us beyond the 80 years we have on this planet, and it is one that down through history has enabled men and women to achieve great things for their world and for their God.
Let us always ensure that our young people understand and own a purpose for all they do in life – there can be no better purpose than living for the God who made us. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, and life in abundance” (John 10:10).

Ray Robinson

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