Grace For Your Day July 13

Grace For Your Day

Children are notoriously unstable. If you have a child, you will know that they bounce from toy to toy and object to object constantly. As long as they see something new, they will run after it with all their heart. I have even seen a child put a rock into their mouth simply because it looked pretty which is why children have to be watched. You cannot let them out of your sight.

Paul says that it is the same way with some Christians. He says the same thing about undiscerning people in the church when he writes in Ephesians 4:14-16:

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

If you notice, Paul uses several images here to describe an immature Christian. He says that they are like children and then he says that they are tossed here and there by the waves. The image here is of a buoy being thrown around during a storm. It never stays put. It never sits still and some churchgoers are that way. They bounce around constantly chasing after the latest doctrines and fashions of the world and Paul says that the solution to that is to grow up. They need to be "built up in love" and have their false doctrine confronted.

This is so important in our day because we live in a world that is full of lies. We live in a time when false teachers are everywhere thanks to the Internet. Some churches even pride themselves on embracing them because it makes them seem more tolerant and open-minded. However, Paul says that we do not need to be tolerant as much as we need to grow up. We do not need to be open-minded as much as we need to stop putting everything into our mouth.

Another way to say this is that we need to have discernment. We need to be able to tell right from wrong instead of swallowing everything. We need to avoid "the trickery of men" and that is what we are going to talk about that this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church. We are going to talk about the importance of having spiritual discernment. Our service begins at 10:00 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your Bibles and come ready to learn and grow and leave your childish ways behind.

– Jeremy Cagle