Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Who are you learning for, God or you?

"Knowledge is a natural desire in all people.  But knowledge for its own sake is useless unless you fear God.  An unlearned peasant, whose contentment is the service of God, is far better than the learned and the clever, whose pride in their knowledge leads them to neglect their souls while fixing their attention on the stars.

True self-knowledge makes you aware of your own worthlessness and you will take no pleasure in the praises of others.  If your knowledge encompasses the universe and the love of God is not in you, what good will it do you in God's sight?  He will judge you according to your actions."
(Chapter 2, Imitation of Christ)