Many homes today have a room that is designated as the study. I am not sure when that became popular, but I do remember Ward Cleaver many times bringing Beaver (old “Leave it to Beaver” series) into his study for some important life lessons. Many home school families today also have a room that is designated as “the study”. I have both a study in our home and in the church office. It is in these studies that we conduct many of life’s most important transitions. In the coming weeks many of us will be working out our taxes in our study. Many of us use our study as the place where we pay our bills. But one of the most important transitions that hopefully takes place in our study, is that it is the place where we encounter the living Christ.
When I think of our worship of Jesus, I realize that what happens during the week in the study of our lives, has a profound impact on how we encounter Christ on Sunday mornings. The Psalmist David in the 27th Psalm says “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (v.4 NIV). The richness of our experience on Sunday mornings is definitely effected by what we focus on and what our priorities are during the week. Our studies should be the place where we develop this deep heart for God.
There are few dangers that I can share with you about our “study”. First it is easy for the study to become a place of clutter, where all the left over projects and paperwork goes to dead. Clutter in our studies can also be reflective of the clutter we can develop in our spiritual lives when we leave things unfinished and don’t resolve issues that need to be addressed. Another danger in our study is the screen that sits on top of many of our desks connected to a computer. Computers are a tremendous resource and one I won’t want to get along without now that I am accustomed to using it. But they have also become a great source of temptation and distraction for many today. We must remember God’s presence with us in the study and know that He sees all that we see. Remember the words the writer of Hebrews wrote in Heb. 4:12-13.
So let us use our studies as a place of edification and growth remembering that the best teachers are also committed to being the best students. I am amazed at my own encounter with Jesus in the study of my life over the last 25 years. I want to continue to sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus and drink in all He has for me in my study. Hope you do so as well.
Pastor Rich Sivo