1 Timothy 3:6 KJV
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Many, especially in Africa are unemployed and are in poverty, sometimes not for lack of jobs or education. Even with higher degrees, many see their foreign counterparts with diplomas only become their bosses. It is a pointer that with the right technical know-how, degrees are no longer the main requirements for jobs, as seen with certain employers lately.
Enthusiasm without knowledge is hollow and knowledge without the right application is a recipe for disaster. A skilled craftsman with experience is safer to work with than a proud novice with a degree.
2 Timothy 2:15 talks about the workman that studies. The defining quality of the man there is that he applies the truth of what he studies. It means having knowledge of Bible principles only won’t be so profitable if one doesn’t work or walk in them, thereby gaining experience. Some others, in fear of judgment from men, especially if they show weakness, have sadly chosen to remain novices, instead of allowing the power of God to flow in spite of or through their weaknesses (1Cor 4:3-5, 2Cor 12:9).
This shouldn’t be so, for how can one gain mastery in the things of God without one first learning from past trials? Believers who prefer to remain in their comfort zones (unwilling to grow or pass faith’s test), will fail if they are errantly put in roles requiring maturity in the spirit (1Cor 9:25, 1Tim 5:22, Heb 5:12-14, Jas 1:25).
A novice will take pride in titles but a true and knowledgeable servant of Christ will value his humbling experience in God over any religious title or qualification. Which one are you (Phil 3:3-11)?
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