Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion comes from CTA’s latest devotion book for Christian workers and volunteers, Reflecting Christ. It features 25 quick-read devotions that emphasize the theme verse, Ephesians 5:1: Be imitators of God, as beloved children. The book, along with other Reflecting Christ products, makes a perfect back-to-school appreciation gift for your teachers, staff, and volunteers.

Since the early 1900s, caving has become more and more popular with extreme sports enthusiasts. It’s not competitive, but it is dangerous. Cave-ins. Disorientation. Claustrophobia. Unexpected drops. Hypothermia. All these dangers lurk underground.

Caving is not for wimps, nor do wise cavers pursue it as a solo sport. In fact, exploring with an experienced caver, a mentor, is the wisest and quickest way to learn the tricks of the trade.

Something similar happens in the spiritual realm:

When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. (Proverbs 21:11 ESV)

If the foolish learn at all, the Bible says, they learn from the punishing lessons of their own bad choices. But the wise learn by watching the foolish fall, and they learn from experts who are willing to instruct them.

This is true in extreme sports. But it is even more true for us as Christ’s people who need his wisdom as we serve others. Of all the instructors we could possibly have, of all the mentors we could possibly enlist, who better than our Savior?!

In Christ, the apostle tells us, “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” But note: These treasures are not hidden from us, they are hidden for us!

As we study the Gospels, we mine these treasures. We learn directly from the most knowledgeable Mentor, the wisest Teacher of all! We learn first of all that God’s heart toward us is a heart of kindness, of patience, and of love. We learn that we can confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. We learn that we can admit our confusion and ask our questions, knowing he will hear and help.

As we study the Gospels, we grow in godly wisdom and knowledge ourselves. And we begin to reflect the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control we see in our Savior. We treasure his invitation:

Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:29–30 ESV)

Prayer starter: Christ, be my Teacher, my Mentor. Open your Word to me and reveal the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden there. Then show me how . . .



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