but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—Ephesians 4:15
I love how this section of Ephesians 4 starts out. It says that all believers should no longer be tossed and carried away with all kinds of doctrine. We need to make sure we are not being tricked into believing deceitful plots and be growing spiritually. Growing up in the things of the head of the body and church, Christ Jesus. This is really simpler than we sometimes make it. Rather than scrolling the internet searching for the latest phenomenon or unexplained occurrence, cultivate your relationship with your Heavenly Father through spending time with Him and His Word
The passage goes on to talk about those who want to find the people who will believe or agree with everything they think is right and fair. The truth is, there is no right, fair or truth without the Word of God. All doctrine and plots can only be held to as they line up with God and His Word. Even well-meaning Christians come up with some of the most far out ideas that can be easily recognized as man-made simply by looking at what God said in His Word.
The best way to guard against deceptions and wrong doctrines is to press into your Heavenly Father through your salvation in Jesus. Ask Him to show you the right way through the leading of the Holy Spirit and the written Word of God. He will. He isn’t trying to hide wisdom and plans from us, He wants us to realize all the good things He is doing in our lives and in those around us. All through the scripture, we can learn about who God is and how He works. I know we cannot possibly know everything about Him because He is infinite and eternal, but we can know what pertains to life as we know it today. We know God is love and love is good. We know because of God’s love, He didn’t spare even His most precious thing (His Son) to show His love for us and to get us back from His enemy. We know He has good plans for us and we know He wants us to know them or else He would not have said it so many times in His word. If this all sounds new to you, I challenge you today to begin to dig into His Word and find out for yourself. Don’t let someone else tell you what it says, meditate it until the Holy Spirit brings you personal revelation.
Today I want to encourage you to line your life up not with doctrine or your favorite preacher. Instead, line up with the creator Himself, the one who loves you and adopted you. Set some special time aside today and everyday to get to know Him more. If you begin to approach Him as wanting to know Him more rather than what He can do to fix your current predicament, you will start to realize that He will take care of all your needs as you walk out the life He planned for you before the beginning of time. Grow up in the things of God and become joined and knit together with the body of Christ. Do your share and cause this body to grow to be built up in love.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 4:14-16