Expertise

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 1 Tim 2:15

The story is told of a postgraduate student who went to the great naturalist Agassiz to receive the finishing touches on his education. The student had many honors to his credit and was expecting a noble assignment. He was more than a little study God's wordsurprised when Agassiz gave him a small fish and told him to describe it. The student replied, “That’s only a sunfish.” Agassiz said, “I know that. Write a description of it.”

Within a few minutes the student returned with the description of the fish according to formal Latin terminology, and provided the genus and family in which the fish might be found on a chart. Agassiz read what the student had written and then said, “Describe the fish for me.” The student then produced a four page essay. Agassiz again told him to look at the fish and describe it. This continued for three weeks, by which time the fish was in an advanced state of decomposition. But the student had to admit, by then he really knew something about the fish. And Agassiz agreed. 

One modern day philosopher has concluded that if you were to study only one small item, plant, or creature for 5 minutes a day for the next twenty years, you would be the world’s foremost expert on that subject! How important is it then, that we spend time everyday learning the most important lessons of all – those found in God’s Word. If you really want to know what God says about how to live a successful life on this earth, make Bible reading a part of everyday life. 


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