I think all of us would like to be the person who could learn something once and never have to re-study it or re-learn it. Why do we cram at exam time? It’s not because we never heard or read the material that’s going to be on the exam (for the most part) but because we need to take another look at the material because it didn’t sink in all the way.
I think our Christian lives are the same way. We might learn how to study the Bible one time, and it works great for a while. But maybe we go a couple weeks without getting in the Word, or we want a fresh approach. The best way to find that new approach is to start from the ground level, learn all over again why we study the Bible in the first place, the effective ways to do it.
Romans 12:2 says:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
The part about being “transformed by the renewal of your mind” has been on my heart a lot lately. So often I find myself set in a certain way of thinking that I think is right, but then find it challenged. There is some thinking we must stand firm in – truths in Scripture, most notably – but being renewed in that thinking is crucial in giving glory to God.
Being reminded of the necessity of God’s glory being preeminent in all things might help us refocus how we approach our job/schooling/relationships/you name it. Being reminded of God’s grace helps us to not be overwhelmed by guilt when we see our sin. Being reminded of the sovereignty of God in all things might help us see the difficult circumstance we find ourselves in as part of His plan.
All of these things require a change in attitude and thought, because they don’t come naturally. And while we may learn them once and it leaves a big impact, the idea of “renewing” means that it’s a constant process of learning it again, it becoming new and fresh again.
So I encourage you who reads this to not be afraid to learn the same thing again and again but be ready for a renewing of your mind as part of your growth. And be ready for it to happen again and again.