Thursday, July 12, 2018

Barclay: the best kind of student

Thursday, July 12, 2018
    [Jesus:] “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”
    —Revelation 22:7 (NIV)
    The devout student is the best of all students. There are too many who are devout, but not students. They will not accept the discipline of study and of learning, and they even look with suspicion upon the further knowledge which study brings to men. There are equally too many who are students, but not devout. They are interested too much in intellectual knowledge, and too little in the life of prayer and in the life of service of their fellow men. A man would do well to aim at being not only a student, and not only devout, but at being a devout student.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Revelation of John, v. II, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961, p. 286 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 22:7; Matt. 22:29; Mark 12:24; Luke 24:27,45; John 5:39-40; Acts 17:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me a better disciple.
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