The cobbler was dead to the rapture of art. His untrained eye and ear conveyed no message to his soul; and his interest was in what he knew about; that is, making shoes.
Shoemaking is an honorable occupation, but it is possible for a person to know other things as well as his trade.
Henry Ward Beecher, the preacher, said: “There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better, nobler, holier than it knows now.”
This month students from kindergarten to graduate studies return to the classroom because they want to know more. The age-old way to be educated is in the classroom with a teacher.
However, knowledge without wisdom and understanding is an incomplete education. A taxi driver drove a famous lecturer to the auditorium where the man was to speak. Afterward, the driver exclaimed, “What a relief to get rid of that fare. He was the most nervous and irritable man I have ever met.” The lecturer spoke that evening on “How to Have a Peaceful Mind!”
Someone said that knowledge is neutral; neither good nor bad. Rightly used, knowledge can be a blessing; wrongly used, it can be a great curse. Man needs something more than knowledge — even religious knowledge. That “something more” is a personal relationship with God.
The Apostle Paul was a tentmaker by trade ; but through study and experience, he had a vast knowledge of varied subjects.
For example, he had taken time to learn what the Greek religion taught, and that knowledge helped him tremendously when he preached the sermon on Mar’s Hill (Acts 17).
In fact, he probably could not have preached the message if he
A well-trained person should be a more efficient individual, provided he sanctifies his learning and, with humility, dedicates it fully to God’s glory.
On the contrary, a person who gets some training and arrogantly leaves the impression that he knows absolutely everything will be a hindrance to God’s cause and a nuisance to those about him.
Let it be known that God expects more than just formal training, for He can find such people throughout the country.
The need today is trained people who are dedicated to God. We need people who not only know how to study, but also how to pray; who not only know what other religions teach, but also know what Jehovah requires of His followers.
The world needs people who not only know how to spend hours researching a subject, but also how to spend time on their knees alone with God. There is a dearth in the land for people of these qualities.