“But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18)
A message is powerless to change you unless it offends your indifference, challenges your assumptions, or informs your ignorance. The height of arrogance is to assume that what we hold to be true is indeed all the truth there is.
A growing believer is more suspicious of what they assume they know than they are of the possibility to learn something new. The more we learn the more we see how truly little we know and the more we realize just how superficial have been our scrapings at the soil of understanding.
One cannot learn without humility, for learning necessitates that we forsake the assumption that our arguments are unassailable by the light of further truth. While we may hold uncompromisingly to certain undeniable tenants of faith, universally accepted and plainly taught by God’s Word, there are many things we now assume to be true that we will eventually have to part with in favor of a more perfected understanding.
The greatest, life-changing truths I’ve learned have come at the cost of my assumptions, my traditions, and, most costly of all, my pride. To allow that others were right where I was wrong, had knowledge where I was ignorant, and had sight where I was blind, has opened for me (and still continues to open) doors of liberty and blessing that my pride would have hidden from me.
Growth is change, and without the willingness to accept correction and instruction, we are doomed to live in the land we now inhabit with no chance of knowing a larger world. God’s Word knows no limit, and the sun never sets on the limitless truth contained therein. Each new day can be a day of discovery as we press on to the brightest of days, when we see Him face to face.