Today I want to share with you how important it is to seek knowledge! It’s something you should never stop doing. Whether it’s sermons, books, speeches, classes, mentors, or friendships — all of these are essential. Take advantage of every opportunity to obtain knowledge and experience.
In high school, I heard a story about a poor Englishman who wanted to come to America, the land of opportunity and freedom. He saved for years for the transatlantic voyage. After saving up, he decided he had enough for the ticket but not enough to purchase food for the two-week trip. His plan was to fast for two weeks and get through it. He plunks down all his money and buys the ticket. He boards without a cent in his pocket and his hunger grows day by day! Whenever he passes the café, he sees people enjoying the delicious food, laughing, and having a good time. His only thought is, “I’m so hungry.” A deckhand sees him digging through the trash for food on the last day as they’re pulling into New York and asks him, “Sir, what are you doing?” He confesses he didn’t have enough money for food. The man replied, “Didn’t you know the food is included in the ticket?”
My friend, the “food” is included in life. We hear Christians say all the time, “I just have to get to Heaven. I will scrape through life, and I’ll get to Heaven.” There is a lot more to life than just going to Heaven when you die. The provision of God is included in this life. The knowledge you need is in the Bible! One of the wisest people I know, Hannah Schuller, has this very insightful saying: “The Bible is a cheat sheet to the good life.” We can receive this knowledge through the Holy Spirit.