THE RIGHT LENS

"The Bible shows us more of God’s nature, freeing us from redundant worship that comes when our vision of God is limited by our own experience."

                                                                                                                        Author Unknown

The above is a quote from an unknown source in the NIV Worship Bible but one that reminds me of the importance of expanding my view of God through the correct lens.

MY CURIOSITY

At the age of 45, I find myself more curious than ever.  Combine that curiosity with Google and you’ve got trouble.  There is more information at our fingertips than at any other point in history.  Google and the many other outlets for information aren’t necessarily a bad thing until they become the primary source for information and inspiration regarding God.  Even worse, when these outlets promote false teaching, we must guard our hearts and minds.

Paul writes letters to Timothy and Titus to encourage his protégés, as they confront the problem of false teaching in the church.  These letters demonstrate Paul’s many concerns, especially for the right doctrine and godly leadership.

HANDLING THE TRUTH

Dealing with this issue is very difficult and requires a deep love for the Word and a discipline to study it combined with the mature counsel and encouragement of leaders like Paul.  Part of the challenge is sifting through all the good stuff to expose the bad stuff; the false teaching.  Today there are many books and blogs written by good people with pure hearts to spread the gospel but have not handled the Word correctly and. in doing so. spread false teaching.  But in 2nd Timothy 2:15 we are called to correctly handle the word of truth. The verse states:

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

So how do we do this?  Paul tells us that theology must be measured by its conformity to the Bible, since “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so the the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

SEEING MORE CLEARLY

As I strive to feed my curiosity, I must first stop and ask the following: “What am I curious about?”  If the answer to that question is consistently things other than God, then I am wasting my time on things that don’t really matter.  So I need to deal with that first.  Once I point my interest towards the things of God, I must rely first and foremost on His Word and correctly handle it to draw my conclusions and, in doing so, teach and be a witness of the greatest and most reliable source of truth the world has ever known.  Then my vision and worship of God is no longer limited by my human lens.  I am free to see God more clearly and worship Him more fully.