Sabbath Afternoon

 

Memory Text: “And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:” 2 Chronicles 1:11

 

Make up your mind that it is fine to go as far as possible with your education, and that as long as you live both here and for eternity that you will be learning. Receiving an abundance of knowledge is not a bad thing, it only becomes ruinous when infidel principles that leads us away from God are seen as important for growth, development, and success. We are given seventy years’ probation and most of those years are spent working and applying what we learned in the first twenty plus years (assuming it is settled in your mind that you will not stop studying until you have a trade or prepared for a career). It is for this reason that it’s important to receive a thorough education for our life’s work in the early stage of our lives.

 

“The human mind is susceptible of the highest cultivation. A life devoted to God should not be a life of ignorance. Many speak against education because Jesus chose uneducated fishermen to preach His gospel. They assert that He showed preference for the uneducated. Many learned and honorable men believed His teaching. Had these fearlessly obeyed the convictions of their consciences, they would have followed Him. Their abilities would have been accepted, and employed in the service of Christ, had they offered them. But they had not moral power, in face of the frowning priests and jealous rulers, to confess Christ and venture their reputation in connection with the humble Galilean. { MYP 169.1}

 

He who knew the hearts of all, understood this. If the educated and noble would not do the work they were qualified to do, Christ would select men who would be obedient and faithful in doing His will. He chose humble men and connected them with Himself, that He might educate them to carry forward the great work on earth when He should leave it.” (E. G. White, MYP 169.2)

 

This week we are exploring preparation for your life’s work.

 

 

Sunday                                                                                                                                  April 24

 

Title: A Knowledge of God                                                          

 

A knowledge of the most high God is the most essential knowledge you can attain in this life. If you fail at learning of God you would have failed to understand the purpose of your life and receiving the preparation needed for eternal life. A mind that is not educated about his creator is at enmity with God and will live a life doing things that will cause his and others pain, suffering, and ultimate death, but a mind that has received a knowledge of God is at peace with God and lives to share the life giving blessings of God with his fellow men.      

 

What is life eternal?

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

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What do we avoid when we have a knowledge of God?

2 Peter 1:3, 4

 

 

 

Monday                                                                                                                                April 25

 

Title: Search the Scripture                                                          

 

Most of the learning that we do throughout the course of our life is on our own. Formal training should not be neglected because it is well tailored to impart the necessary knowledge and skills needed to accomplish a desired task. Yet so much can be accomplished when time is spent learning on your own about the career you are pursuing or other interests that you have. After the ability has been gained to read and comprehend knowledge, it is important to always set aside time each week to read. Spend time doing your own self-guided reading and study of the Bible. When questions or thoughts come to your mind, spend your own time without the prodding of anyone, to take your Bible in hand and seek to find answers for yourself. If acquiring a knowledge of God is not interesting to you, it is because you have not put an interest into learning of God. The reality is that humans can find the most ridiculous things interesting, and spend enormous amounts of time learning on their own, but give excuses about being interested in their own soul’s salvation.   

 

If a person fails at understanding Jesus and at eternal life, what is the problem?

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 

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If you have not made up your mind to be a Christian, what is the problem?

 

 

Tuesday                                                                                                                                April 26

 

Title: Prepare the Whole Being

 

True success depends on our ability to do more than one task really well. It is important to be prepared how to succeed at our careers, but success at our career is not success if our health continuously fails and eventually causes us to have diminished performance and ultimately die early. The uncertainty of life, often caused by things like global markets, national financial instability, and personal injury, makes it important to acquire a manual and mental skill training. You should practice the basic skills needed to function in a home without the help of anyone, including taking care of the dishes, cooking, cleaning, laundering, and basic home repairs. No one should lose their physical health because they don’t know to cook or clean for themselves. Another important aspect of being totally prepared for our life’s work is getting physical exercise which must be part of our weekly routine, via exercise and work. This is part of our education that if neglected will lead to us being ill prepared for life, our muscles must be trained and fat must be burned.             

 

Who was the statement below speaking to? List the various skills he had?

Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

 

 

Why is it important to plan ahead for successful outcomes?

Proverbs 30:25 The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; 

 

 

How prepared was Paul for varying life circumstances?

Acts 18:1 - 4

 

 

 

Wednesday                                                                                                                         April 27

 

Title: Learning the Obvious                                            

 

One thing about preparing for your life’s work is that you will always have so much to learn, yet one of the most obvious lessons we are given on which our success hinges is simple: to be loyal. Loyal means to give or show firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution; synonyms are trustworthy, faithful, dependable, dedicated, etc. When we were young we did not have to understand much, as long as we understood that we should listen to and honor our parents. No matter what path your life takes, you don’t have to worry if you are prepared or not, as long as you learn to be loyal you will be successful at your job, business, marriage, family, church, friendship, and in your relationship to God. The longer it takes to learn to be loyal the longer it takes to be truly successful in this life. A child that is disloyal and cries, shrieks, screams, and pulls his hand out of his mother’s hand, and run out into the road will learn (or will permanently cease learning) at an early age why loyalty is important. In all the category I listed above everyone including God is looking for a loyal person, in those varying situations.     

 

Why is this commandment connected to long life?

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

 

 

 

Thursday                                                                                                                              April 28

 

Title: Learning to Serve                                       

 

To test the training, you have received thus far in your life, try running your home or join in in all aspects of the operation of your home. Make a list of what is needed to be bought from the store, and don’t forget the stuff to do laundry. Figure out what will be cooked next week and prepare a shopping list after you have checked what is in storage. Just think of your home as if it is a restaurant and your family are the customers and they don’t know how to cook so they have to come to you to eat every day. Treat your family as if they are customers who when they come to your restaurant they are hungry and sad because they had a hard day and it is important for you to give them service with a smile, no matter how stressed you are. Also remember that your customer loves a clean and neat restaurant every time and their food served fast. The best we are at serving others the closer we will get to being successful in this life. It is my prayer that you will be successful in all your life’s pursuits. 

 

Why does the Apostle Paul refer to himself as a servant? 

Romans 1:1 - 3      

 

 

 

 

Friday                                                                                                                                        April 29

 

It is not true that brilliant young men always make the greatest success. How often men of talent and education have been placed in positions of trust, and have proved failures. Their glitter had the appearance of gold, but when it was tried it proved to be but tinsel and dross. They made a failure of their work through unfaithfulness. They were not industrious and persevering, and did not go to the bottom of things. They were not willing to begin at the bottom of the ladder, and with patient toil ascend round after round till they reached the top. They walked in the sparks (their bright flashes of thought) of their own kindling. They did not depend on the wisdom which God alone can give. Their failure was not because they did not have a chance, but because they were not sober-minded. They did not feel that their educational advantages were of value to them, and so did not advance as they might have advanced in the knowledge of religion and science. Their mind and character were not balanced by high principles of right.—Fundamentals of Christian Education, 193.

 

Discussion questions

Share with the class what section of this week’s study you find inspiring, challenging, and difficult to understand.

 

Prepare to discuss with the class the various skills that are needed to succeed in your career.

 

What is your understanding of the importance of being a good servant at home?