Sunday, August 10, 2003

Edfier du Jour-1 Timothy 1:3-7
3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
There's an old saying about academic specialization; you know more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing. If we go off on theological tangents, we can forget the basics of a loving God sending a part of Himself to die on the cross for us all. That doesn't mean that understanding the Word's not important; indeed, it is the Sword of the Lord that can help us hack through the day. However, it's OK to be a generalist, as long as you don't start learning nothing about everything. Look at verse 5. What's our equipment? A pure heart, our conscience and our faith. None of those things needs a M. Div. Our youth at Lakeland Vineyard were down in Mexico late last month on a mission trip, and even the biggest "goofball" was being used of the Lord on the trip, not just in raw labor, but in prophetic discernment. Often, it's the children and the newly saved who have the clearest knowledge of the basics, uncluttered by extra baggage. Major on the majors, folks; the most major is love.

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