A few hours ago I got back from Greek class. After fighting the Northern Virginia traffic and getting through today’s lecture, I was glad to have just “survived” another week. Tonight I read an excellent article by Burk Parsons which speaks directly to Christian students universally, not just seminary students. He correctly points out that Christians have too often conformed to the standards of the world, including in the realm of academics.
It was very convicting for me because I realized just how content I’ve become with mediocrity. As long as I can make it through class and get “good enough” grades, I’ll be happy. This is especially true when it comes to learning languages, one of my weaknesses. My Greek mid-term grade was an 89. I expected to do worse. Now that we’re past the mid-terms, the entire class is getting worn out and we’re quickly getting overwhelmed by the increasing material.
So please, pray for those fellow Christians in your congregation. Encourage them in their studies and carefully press them to fully live out their God-given potential. I learned this past week that the Greek word “parakaleo” (a root for Paraclete) means “I exhort.” Let us reflect the work of the Holy Spirit by exhorting our fellow Christians to work as unto the Lord, giving glory to God alone in all that we do.