A note from our pastor:
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”Ephesians 4:14
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In some respects, the scriptures instruct us to be like children in our discipleship. To be docile in our interactions, to be willing to love, and to be free from pride. These characteristics observed in natural children are instructions to us in how to behave as children of God.
However, there are other aspects of being a child which are not desirable for the disciple of Christ. Children are easily influenced and led astray. They are prone to chase after the latest object of attraction entering their line of sight. They set aside truth to believe fables and stories.
It is in regard to this manner of behavior, the Apostle instructs his audience to stop being like children. It is not necessary here to document the false teachings which plagued the church in Paul’s day, but suffice it to say the church has always been assaulted by false teachers and false doctrine.
The metaphors used by the Apostle are not complex, each indicates a situation where a change in direction or course is prevalent. The warning and message is, the truth of Jesus Christ does not change. The purpose of the preaching of the gospel is to give the children of God the sound and unchanging truth of Jesus Christ.
There is no denying our world is in constant flux. The disciple of Christ can choose to live in an isolated bubble and hide from the world. But in reality, that is not healthy and in many instances not possible. The more appropriate approach is for the child of God to study the word of God. To carry the word as a standard in their lives and use it to measure and evaluate the world around them.
Our goal as disciples of Christ should never be to remain unchangeable in the things of this world. Our affiliations, associations, and view points on worldly things may change many times in our lifetimes. But the goal for the disciple of Christ should be for each of those decisions, whether to remain or to change, to be driven by thus saith the Lord.
This, the Apostle says, is the purpose of preaching and hearing the word of God. That we might have a standard by which we guide our walk.
Our Prayers are with you daily,