Engage in Living
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3
In Luke 10, Jesus encountered an “expert” in the law who wants to show everyone that he can stump Jesus. This man was a first century lawyer. His goal, as not to share truth or give understanding, was to use the law for his own benefit or for the benefit of anyone benefiting him. He spent years learning to twist the words of the law to accommodate his desires.
People came to him looking for ways to get around the law. This man was one of the “teachers” Paul speaks of in 2 Timothy. He was paid to say what people want to hear. And now, he wants to use the law to trap Jesus into saying something that would divide his followers and damage his ministry.
Now, we can all be upset with this lawyer. But in reality, we are a lot like him. We look at God’s Word and see it as something we can twist and parse to fit our lifestyle. We don’t want to change our lives in order to be aligned with the Bible; we want to align the Bible to our lives. To do this, we seek out teachers and preachers who say what we want to hear. However, Truth doesn’t work that way.
Like the “expert” in Luke 10, we find ourselves stuck in the profound simplicity of the Truth of God. While he argues over what a real neighbor is, Jesus reminds us to just love and care of people. While our “teachers” scratch the itch we have, the profound simplicity of God’s Truth reminds us to be more like Him, not to make Him more like us. We need to stop engaging in arguing our own point of view and start engaging in living out the Truth of God.