Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
As young Christians we blindly accept all we are taught and why wouldn’t we? We all need guidance when we start off in this new life. Reading and following the bible can seem like a daunting task and can feel like a manual of dos and don’ts. This can be overwhelming, so having someone beside us to help steer us in the right direction is essential.
As we grow, we learn to explore the Word ourselves and begin to delve a little deeper. I believe we have a responsibility to study the Bible on our own in order for God to communicate on a personal level. It also allows us draw our own conclusions about things. My mantra is – know what you believe and why you believe it. This does not negate the need to be under the teaching of others, it simply enhances our learning and understanding.
Just as Peter was instructed by Jesus to “feed my sheep”, the Lord continues to call and equip leaders to guide His flock. To be in a fellowship with a great teacher of the scriptures who helps you understand the word of God and really bring it to life, is a true blessing. As I’ve said before, the ability to teach is a gift given by God through the Spirit to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Eph.4:12), and as Proverbs 13:14 says, ‘the teaching of the wise is a fountain of life and whoever walks with the wise becomes wise’ (v20).
Listen to what is being taught and heed God’s instruction. We cannot pick and choose which commands to follow and which ones to leave for someone else.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2Tim3:16,17).