If we want to know joy and peace, if we desire to be fruitful disciples of the Lord Jesus, it’s imperative that we breathe the right spiritual air. But how do we know what that is? How can we be sure that we’re taking in air that’s spiritually healthy? Our challenge is to discern teaching that’s pure and true from that which is toxic and false. God’s Word is our standard, of course. But here’s the tricky part: wrong teaching about the Bible can significantly shape the way we understand the Bible.
Take a moment to scan the pile of books on your nightstand, specifically those that have to do with the Christian faith. Is there a common theme among those titles? How many have more to do with successful Christian living than with Christ himself? While Christian-living books can certainly be good and helpful, they can actually warp our understanding of what it means to be a Christian if Christ isn’t at the center of them. So we want to be wise and discerning not only in our book choices but also in every form of teaching we imbibe, from preaching to podcasts. And as we become biblically equipped to distinguish between self-love and Christ-love, our walk of faith will flourish, and we’ll find the abundant life Jesus promised.
Flourish releases in January, and I hope you’ll work through these important issues with me!