The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#76 Learning to Live                                                                               March 7, 2010

It has always been interesting to me that your vocation or occupation seems to define who you are as a human.  Instead of what you do in life as an occupation or vocation being an aspect or a part of your life, for most humans, it is life. 

I believe that is true because of the body/soul experience to which humans, and carnal Christians are relegated due to the first birth defect.  To the human, born with the most important part of their being missing, that of holy spirit,
life in all its fullness is a few steps up from the lowest of the  primates.  [Perhaps that is why humans with no spiritual life seem to have such an affinity for the lower primates].  On the other hand humans, who have received holy spirit, but lack sufficient education regarding what they have received, can rise no higher in living life than their fellow humans without spiritual life.

The old European Guild System had three levels: apprentice, journeyman and master.  As an apprentice you learned by observation and instruction and giving assistance to the master.  As a journeyman you put into practice what you had learned and were reproved and corrected when your work was deficient.  To become a master in your field quite often took the better part of one’s life.  There is no formal guild system in the United States but the apprentice-journeyman-master model is quite evident in the construction trades, medicine, academia and a host of other endeavors.  Remember getting a driver’s license for the first time?  There was education [classroom instruction], application [student driving], and finally the license was issued [though your parents, not to mention the insurance company, did not yet consider you a master driver].

The aim of all higher education is action, the right application of what has been studied and learned.  Besides the unquenchable, passionate desire of the student, the mastery of any learned endeavor requires three basic components.  First, the one who wishes to learn must be given instruction.  Second, the student must be given the opportunity to put into practice what has been learned and then admonished when deficiencies in the right application of the knowledge arise.  Then the student must be corrected with additional instruction as the need arises.

This principle of learning has been very successfully applied by man regarding everything from gardening to practicing medicine, but it came from God’s Word.  This principle of disciplined teaching and training was the very foundation of the old Guild System, but it came from God’s Word.  It’s found in II Timothy, chapter three and verse sixteen.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
That’s the curriculum for the human with holy spirit, the Christian, the Christian believer, the child of God. God’s curriculum for His children with holy spirit life is not for a part of life, an aspect of life, the religious side or the vocational side.  It is for life itself, living life itself in all its fullness. 

The Lord Jesus Christ declared in John 10:10:
…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The life he spoke of was not the body/soul experience of all humans.  The life he accomplished was the spiritual life humans are born without.  Receiving that life could not be any easier:
Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

But he also said, “have it more abundantly”.
Receiving that spiritual life is simple.  The manifestation of it in all of its fullness, “more abundantly”, requires higher education and education for the purpose of right action and true application.  Where is that education, where can it be found?  Again:
II Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

God gave us His Word, the Scriptures, and all of His Word is profitable for doctrine, reproof and correction. The profitable doctrine, reproof and correction of the Scriptures is “for instruction in righteousness” and instruction in righteousness makes possible life “more abundantly”  in manifestation, in application, in practice. 

Humans with no spiritual life can master an occupation or vocation but it is only the sons and daughters of God with spiritual life and the curriculum of God’s Doctrine, Reproof and Correction that can master the art of living life itself and living life “more abundantly”.  Rather than being relegated to an occupation or vocation with life being defined by what you do, the Christian believer with God’s curriculum of instruction in righteousness can learn to live all of life itself, more abundantly, because of who they are: a child, a son or
 daughter of the Most High God.

Learning to live life more abundantly in every catagory remains an exciting adventure.

©  Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893