Be An Amateur

“Christians should be amateur theologians and Scripture specialists, but in the older meaning of the word. Amateurs are those who love something (hence the Latin ama at the beginning of the word) enough to study and practice it as thoroughly as possible, to become skilled in it, without the need to call it a profession or a specialized calling… Our vocational specialties, no matter how specifically useful and time consuming, are isolates when left to themselves. They do not find their fullest fruition before the Lord until they are surrendered over to the truth, as it teaches the continually developing mind. This does not mean, for example, that Christian musicians do only Christian music or Christian architects do only Christian architecture. But it does mean that each does music or architecture Christianly.”

– Harold Best, Unceasing Worship, p. 67

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