Monday, January 26, 2015

DISCERNMENT or DECEPTION (pt 4)

Have you ever misunderstood what someone said to you, and then ended up with “foot-in-mouth-disease?”

I have.


Often.



These days, it comes more from sounds not penetrating my less-than-healthy eardrums. In times past, it came from not listening.

I heard. But I didn’t listen.

I didn’t listen to where the one speaking was coming from, where they were emotionally. I heard words, but I did not hear intent.

Or, sometimes, because I had such a critical nature, I projected an intent on their speech that was not even close to what they meant.

Hearing clearly is one of the key ingredients to being able to discern accurately.

In the last section I gave you a simple formula for learning how to do that? Hopefully, you have begun to try to train yourself into a new habit pattern.

(For more on this, read my article on The Challenge of Listening.)

That’s enough on being dull of hearing. Let’s move on, or we’ll never get through this very important passage of scripture.

Hebrews 5:12—
For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

This is important to you as a Bible-believing, church-going Christian.

The writer expects mature saints to be teachers.

Are you mature? Are you a teacher? If not, why not?

These are serious questions that deserve your meditation and reflection—not just a glib answer off the top of your head or the tip of your tongue.

Maybe you don’t have the gift of teaching. That’s okay. That’s not the point.

Maybe you don’t hold the office of teacher (Eph. 4:11). That’s okay. That’s not the point.

The point is, we should ALL be teachers.

There is always someone, somewhere, who needs what you’ve got.

If you have grown in your relationship with the Lord, then you are probably ahead of someone within your sphere of influence, and should be their leader.

If you are in a church where that is rendered nearly impossible, then you need to stay with me through this series, for that is something I will be addressing later on.

According to the apostle, Paul, this is the method for the growth of the church in the knowledge of the things of God.

2 Timothy 2:2—

And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also (loose paraphrase of KJV).

Notice that there are four generations mentioned in this one verse alone—Paul to Timothy, to faithful men, to others. Sort of like multi-level marketing, if you will.

Teaching is the method that the Lord has chosen to further His kingdom on the earth (Matthew 28:19-20).

So, the question is of no small importance: Are you teaching?

Notice another of the writer’s contrast with maturity and immaturity—strong meat versus milk.

Much has been written about these two concepts, trying to explain the differences between strong meat and milk; and you are encouraged to search it out for yourself. However, for our purposes here, we will stick to the context for our understanding.

He writes that milk is for those who are “unskillful in the word of righteousness.”

Strong meat, however, is for those who “are of full age, who…have their senses trained…”

We will look at what it means to be skillful with the word of righteousness next time.

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