I saw something in my morning reading that I want to share with you, and a couple of cross references. The simple exhortation is to BEWARE OF THE RABBIT TRAILS. Here’s the verse that struck me:
Watch out, so that no one will take you captive by means of philosophy and empty deceit, following human tradition which accords with the elemental spirits of the world but does not accord with the Messiah. (emphasis added)
Colossians 2:8 (CJB)
Here’s this same verse in the Message Bible:
Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. (emphasis added)
Don’t let someone trap you with questions you cannot answer or a topic of discussion unknown to you, and ignite unfruitful doubt in your mind, even to the point of doubting your salvation. This is neither iron sharpening iron nor mentorship.
Remember, we study to show ourselves as worthy to God (2 Timothy 2:15). In word and deed and thought and motive, He is our ultimate audience. The next verses go with this one:
But keep away from godless babbling, for those who engage in it will only become more ungodly, and their teaching will eat away at people like gangrene…
(vv. 16-17, emphasis added)
Also remember we are to be ready to explain the HOPE in us (1 Peter 3:15)…not the doctrinal loops that men use for soap boxes of righteousness by human standard.
When it comes to these kinds of distractions, choose to focus. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know about that, but what I do know is ….” Or, “You know, that does not sound like the main thing. The main thing is that people know God’s goodness so they can repent (Romans 2:4).”
Be encouraged, Kingdom Queens, and choose to focus on the main thing! Selah, and love to all.