During my freshman year of college, I remember taking a very intimidating history class. My Professor was passionate about his subject matter. He even wrote the large textbook required for the course. Furthermore, I shared the class with a few outspoken and knowledgeable upperclassmen.
The dreaded day finally came when he called on me to participate in the current class discussion. My first word was, “basically, ” it was my last word too.
My Professor interjected, “when you start a sentence with basically, that means you don’t know what to say or you didnt study the material…go back and study the chapter.” His statment was true, I had not read or studied the required information to form an opinion or contribute to the class discussion.
How embarrassing! Surely, that motivated me to grab my book, get my highlighter and head to the library to study. I learned my lesson, and made sure I was prepared for the rest of the year!
The Importance of Growing In Our Faith
That past experience, reminded me of my walk with Christ. There was a time when I casually studied the Bible. I allowed the words of preachers, teachers, devotions and popular authors teach me what the Bible says. Because of this, I found myself depending on people, my emotions and desiring approval.
I was going down a dangerous path of relying on well-written, beautifully laced words in a book as well as charistmatic, polished and popular teachers, who could easily decieve me from the actual word of God.
Pauls gives an illustration of this while guiding, young preacher, Timothy:
Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” -1 Timothy 2:14-19 (NASB)
Paul continues in chapter 3:
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. -2 Timothy 3:1-7 (NASB)
Did you read that? For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I was greatly convicted by this verse, the above scripture described me to a tee. I had been a weak woman, mesmerized by those who speak to my passions and tell me what I want to hear. I was guilty of being led by my heart and making decisions based on how I felt instead of my relationship with God and the truth of His word.
I love to learn, and over the years I have soaked up so much information that at times it has become overwhelming and confusing. I created a vicious cycle that consistently drove me to selfishly wanting to know more without establishing a sound understanding.
Let’s go further, what would a weak woman of today look like?
- She follows her heart, and emotions. She desires the feel good, self-centered teachings.
- Her faith walk is based on the latest books, popular ministry movements, well-known teachers and preachers.
- She does not fully study the Bible, therefore she cannot identify false teaching or defend the Word of God.
- She is distracted by living for this world, rather then giving her life to Christ.
After seeing my error, I repented and set out to studying the word of God for myself. Over the last 5 years I am grateful to report, that my relationship with God has changed significantly.
Has it made my life easier? No. At times it has become more challenging. I have had to make the difficult choice of not following the masses, and muster up the courage to ask questions when scripture may have been taken out of context or falsely presented.
I know, this is hard…but its nescessary and sometimes we have to do the hard things.
My heart’s desire is to live an abandoned life to Jesus. I am far from perfect and its not an easy task. But, I am spending time with Him and allowing God to transform my heart.
I want to be a strong woman in the Lord. Most of all, I want the Lord to be pleased with me. And you know what? I sincerely want that for you too.
I don’t want to follow the crowd. I want to follow Jesus.
Clever words, trendy people, immaculate edifices, wealth, crowd-pleasing ministries, famous teachers and preaches are not the pre-requisite to leading people to Christ or growing in our relationship with Him.
The unpopular, broken, truthful, compassionate, convicting, edifying, selfless application of the Word of God is what really draws us to our living Savior.
All Scripture is [a]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
My dear sister, are you a weak woman? Will you repent, and decide to study and live out the Word of God today?