“So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.” Ephesians 4:14
I have been reading the fourth chapter of Ephesians for the last week and a half now. This chapter is filled with tons of info. Probably enough to preach every week for the entire year. I decided to settle on verse 14 to talk about today because it seems to embody the rest of the chapter.
Think about it for a minute, how easy can we be deceived by someone reading the Bible to us? It doesn’t matter what denomination or church affiliation you are a part of. You can easily be fooled into believing something that is not biblical. Sometimes it’s done on purpose, other times it’s not.
Verse 14 is in the midst of Paul talking about what Jesus did for us and how He gave us all a certain ministry gift. We are to use those gifts to unite the Christian world. After the verse, he talks about practicing what is in the Bible—not just hearing it or teaching it. “Practice the truth in love,” Paul says.
Someone must feed babies for them to survive. When you first become a Christian you are a baby. You have to be fed the Truth to understand it. But, like babies, we need to learn to feed ourselves. Can you imagine a grown man, who is mentally capable, but refuses to feed himself. Paul is talking about the spiritual equivalent to this example. As you grow in your Christian faith you MUST feed yourself.
We become spiritually mature by doing the things Jesus commanded us to do. We become mature by reading and intimately knowing the Word of God. By knowing and doing God’s Word, we won’t become deceived by others who are teaching the gospel falsely.
Instead of focusing on how others are wrong, or judging others for their beliefs, or diluting the gospel for the sake of unity, focus on living out the gospel in your own life. Come to a full understanding of God’s word; not by what others teach you but by reading and studying the Bible for yourself.
Please share with us how often you read the Bible. If you don’t read it much, why not? Eternal life is found in the words of Jesus. I urge you to grow into spiritually mature Christians who know the Bible well and have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.