December 23, 2009

A Thin Line

There is a very thin line between truth, tradition, and error. Those thin lines need to be regarded and considered carefully. Do not believe everything you hear, everything you see, or even those things you have trusted from year to year without examining their meaning—they all need to be looked at and explored carefully now. I know you don’t want to. I know it is much easier to simply accept things they way they have been rather than delve into what they really mean and to then realize that what you believe and what ‘you’ve always done’ conflicts with what you understand the Word of God to be saying.

These things do demand our attention. For in our love for God and our desire to do what God has called us to do, we must be diligent to examine ourselves, what we believe, and the implications of what we say and do. The resulting actions, attitudes and thoughts are charged to our account. As leaders in the Body of Christ (and we are all leaders as we live and breathe) we must be careful how we live, which makes a statement about what we believe, who we are, and most of all what we believe about God.

So in this season of traditions when we do lots of what we do ‘just because we do,’ make sure you make a distinction between those things that are many times all lumped together. In ‘having ourselves a merry little Christmas’ we do not depend or look to what fate allows, but we celebrate that God is in control of all things.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” Proverbs 12:15