Be A Student of the Word
When we don’t take time to be a student of the Word we leave ourselves open to be easily mislead.
So many times I hear people who say things that are not in the Word of God. If ever there was a time to know the Bible, it’s now. Not everything out there is Biblical, accountable, nor credible. We need do research on who and what we listen to.
Zeal can be fun but can also lead to strange fire! Listen to those who have a track record of faithfully serving the body of Christ. They should be rooted in humility and driven by compassion. You wouldn’t let a doctor operate on you unless they had the training and testing.
Why would we listen to someone and let them speak “into us” without that same thing. Just because someone has a microphone, a social media page, and a video camera does not qualify them to be a servant of God. Even if they have thousands of likes, followers, or subscribers, it does not make someone qualified. I know there are some people who believe all you need is the Holy Spirit. I agree with that the Holy Spirit is a vital part of the puzzle, but the scripture also says, “Study to show you yourself approved, a diligent workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). If you look at the New Testament example of leadership you always see that people are being raised into ministry and are part of a team.
I really believe with all of my heart that God wants His people to be kind, humble, and intelligent. He wants us to lead by serving Him and serving others. I believe He wants us rooted and grounded and part of the body of Christ… His church.
We should not be complainers. We should not grumble about everything that is wrong or about how the church is missing it. Nor should we be full of doom and gloom or end time fanaticism.
We should be a light in the darkness. Encouraging, building up, and edifying others. We should walk in discernment. We should be believers with an active testimony of what God has done and is doing in our life.
Yes there are words of warning…. But when a voice is always yelling can it truly be heard or are they a copy of the boy who cried wolf?!
I believe that many people do NOT come to Christ because our behavior and our testimony is all over the place. We expect them to come to us instead of going to them.
Jesus was always looking for the lost.
One final thought…
I think a true litmus test of someones character and accountability is this… Are people around them and led by them receiving Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior? Are those people taking the next step of discipleship? I am so disappointed when I meet gifted people who are not soul winners. They justify their life by saying that’s not their gifting. That is a lie from the pit of hell! We are all called to win souls.
Scripture says… “He who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30.
So who are we letting be a voice in our life? Is it a voice FULL of the Word? Are we smart enough to know the difference?
There is only ONE famous one…. And Jesus is His name!