“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1
My first pastor would often tell me, “Never take my word for anything. I will not be there standing next to you on the day of judgement.” That has stuck with me all these years of following Jesus. It has fueled my fire to understand and seek the truth for myself. It led me to examine the Word of God and see if what he was saying actually lined up with what the Word says. In other words, we should be like the Bereans who “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11) In our letter from Paul to Timothy, Paul writes, “Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” (1 Timothy 4:2) False teachings, specifically the doctrines from demons have to be delivered by false teachers. These false teachers may not even know they are delivering lies of the enemy, as their consciences have been shut off. The feel no conviction over teaching false things. On the contrary, teachers of the truth recognize “that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1) I will never claim to know everything. We are all on a journey of examining the truth and allowing the truth to bring correction into our lives. We always need to remain teachable.
Putting it into Practice
On the day you stand before the Lord, when he asks you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” What will you say?
Father I pray that you will give each of us the desire to know your Word. I pray that we will be so rooted and grounded in your truth that when we hear false teaching we can recognize it as such. You promise us that if any of us lacks wisdom, that we can ask you, and you will freely give it. Lord, today we ask for your wisdom. In Jesus name, Amen.