Loving God with Our Minds

Recently I was blessed to participate in the 2017 National Hispanic Education Summit. This event sponsored by the NHCLC seeks to empower educators and church leaders to promote educational opportunities and support student success. The director of the Faith and Education Coalition, Dr. Andrea Ramirez, spoke to the attendees about the biblical command of “loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27)

We need to encourage young and old alike to include education and learning, properly engaging their minds, as part of their devotion to the Lord. Loving God with our minds provides a right motivation for study, brings God into our studies, and allows God to direct and use what we learn.

Our goal as pastors, parents, and educators is to encourage young and old to see their continued education as an expression of their love and worship to the Lord. Marilyn Hargrave, one of the founders of Shiloh University, often spoke of her conviction that all can learn; that all should have the opportunity to learn. Shiloh University is proud to be part of the higher education community that is committed to provide these educational opportunities.

God made our minds with the capacity to learn, and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, to use what we learn in serving one another. In his book The Shape of Things to Come, John Robert Stevens encouraged believers to have a desire to learn. “We should have a thirst to learn, a desire to tackle and do new things and to learn new skills and trades. We need to be ready, thoroughly equipped, with the Word of God filling our hearts and with all the ability we can possibly muster so that we can be of service to the Lord.”[1]

[1]John Robert Stevens, The Shape of Things to Come (North Hollywood, CA: Living Word Publications, 1976), 185.