Attractive Knowledge

Every day I get to see the latest and greatest ways to impart knowledge to my students. "Use this app." "We have the perfect incentive program for your classroom." "Can't get your students to work at home? Try this website!" Oh, boy. It's a lot of gimmicks and a lot of fluff, and it's not at all who I want to be as a teacher.


In Proverbs 15:2 King Solomon writes, "The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive." I want to make knowledge attractive. Attractive meaning something students are drawn to; that they want to know more about and are wanting and willing to investigate on their own.


Through my years of teaching I have done many things to try to accomplish this. Some have been successful and some have not. Some have been Legendary, and others have been total failures.


To me attractive means practical. It means I don't need to be convinced to listen. I WANT to be engaged. It reminds me of my attraction to Amy. You don't have to convince me to want to be married to Amy and to love her. Far from it. She is attractive to me. Everything about her causes me to want to draw closer to her and to learn more about her daily. I WANT to be with Amy. No gimmicks needed.


Solomon is saying the same thing of biblical knowledge. It should be attractive to others. However it is only in the hands or, more specifically, the tongue of the wise that it is attractive. The knowledge of God is practical and it is useful. (See 2 Timothy 3:16) As I correctly handle the word of truth it should cause others to want more of this knowledge. To be attracted to it. No gimmicks or games, no apps or incentive programs needed. The practical wisdom that comes from it should be the driving force to keep me and them engaged and hungry for more.


May we have that attraction to God's word, and then use our tongues to wisely pass the knowledge to others that they may have the same attraction to God's word that we have.


Doug

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