Religious knowledge brings one closer to Allah when it is contemplated and applied. One does not need to take on the role of a sheikh to acquire knowledge.
One should pursue knowledge with the intention being pure. He should want to seek nearness to Allah, save himself and his family from hell fire and help others as much as he can. These are some reasons.
I always had a passion for studying and learning new things about Islam. I wanted to learn how to do things the proper way and the most pleasing way to Allah. I wanted to serve the cause of Ahl ul Bayt (as) to the best of my ability and to help others especially people like myself who are facing the hardships of converting to a new religion. These are just some of the reasons.