We all know that Brother Witness Lee often charged the young people to pursue higher education. In the book God, Education, and Character, he even says, “According to my experience of human life, education is next only to God” (ch. 1, section 1).
Based upon this kind of fellowship, many of us young adults in the Lord’s recovery are pursuing advanced education in medical, law, business, or graduate school. Having taken this path, it is helpful to be reminded of why we are continuing our education.
In the book A Blessed Human Life, Brother Lee provides just such a reminder. He exhorts us not to pursue education as an end in itself or for a common purpose.
He writes, “A person studies, labors, and strives in order to receive a high education, obtain a good job, and have a good future; yet in the end when he dies, he has nothing….Suppose we take the way of the world to become a prominent scholar or even a president of a university. What then? Every one of us will die and be buried, and when that day comes, we cannot take anything with us, not even one dollar or one diploma.”
What then is the purpose and value of education?
In brief, education is one of five ways that we prepare ourselves to cooperate with the Lord for the spread of His recovery across the entire earth. For Brother Lee’s full answer, see chapter four of A Blessed Human Life.
We hope that this post and the ministry portions referenced above in God, Education, and Character and A Blessed Human Life will open up fellowship among us regarding how we handle education as young adults in the Lord’s recovery.
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