So far in our study of Galatians 1, we have discovered that in order to stay focused on following Jesus, you need to:
1. Know God’s Voice
2. Have Mentors and Let Them Speak Into Your Life.
Today, we discover that you also need to be discerning.
3. Double Check What You Hear
Don’t blindly follow anyone. Everyone who isn’t God is fallible. If 20th and 21st Century living has taught us anything, it is that even the most connected, upright people can be royal screw ups.
Seriously, even double check yourself. Sometimes we can come up with really great theology because we went on a carb binge – then, when we bring it to the light of day and a good scripture reflection, we discover it is total rubbish.
Paul knew this. He said “But even is we… should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you.” Don’t forget to include yourself in the people whose doctrine you are double checking.
Where do you think bad theologies come from? Many of them come from (usually) wonderful people who love God, and experienced Him dramatically (either in a positive or negative situation), and want everyone else to do so as well. They then “discern” a theology based on their experience, thereby letting their experience speak to scripture, instead of letting scripture speak to their experience. We call this “experiential theology”.
When your focus become how you have experienced God, instead of God himself, you begin to miss God little by little until you have missed Him entirely.
So, spend time with God, listening to Him (reading His Word and praying), have mentors who speak into your life, and let scripture be your guide.