Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him
My wife and I have two favorite Bible teachers that we listen to regularly. They are Chuck Swindoll and David Jeremiah. This morning we were listening to Chuck Swindoll and he was teaching on raising children. He made the point that we need to not just know about our children but that we should really get to know our children on the inside. After the program, we were discussing his teaching and my wife made the point that one of the reasons that we have difficulty knowing our children is because we don’t know who we are either.
The conversation then turned to the fact that this is a precipitating characteristic, in that I know who I am partly because of my parents teaching and how I am understood. If my parents did not know who they were and did not know what values were critical for life, then I would struggle in knowing who I am. Further, this knowledge comes only from God and His Word. Therefore, it is critical that we study the Scriptures (Bible) to discover who we really are and what that means.
Another observation we made is that the basics, such as the importance of repetition; respect of authority; consequences; values; relationships; etc., are not emphasized, and in their place we substitute social values (how I am seen) and worldly values of personal gain, enjoyment and position. Happiness is not a goal, but it is the product of choices.
A third observation we made is that just one of the great benefits of regular Bible study is that it regulates and directs our prayer life. All of the answers for what life is about and who I am are in the Bible and if we do not spend time in Scriptures we will only be guessing what the real answers are. I can never know how to live until I discover the giver of life, Himself. It is then that I discover His plan for me and how and why I was made.
Sadly, too many Christians are like the ones in Hebrews 5:12 listed above who are like the baby birds in a nest that always want to be fed but contribute little to securing their own nourishment. They continually look for someone else to package it in a manner that is entertaining, conclusive and simplified, that requires little from them. The picture in their mind is that they are the audience at a worship service and the service is for them. However, the Scripture paints an entirely different picture. The observing audience is God who sees us following His Word in our individual roles. We are there to give God glory and honor in the exercise of our faith in Him. Some will do that by exhortation, some by music, some by carrying out different roles of the service but the one that is least understood and possibly the more important is that of the assembly that we call the audience. What is their role? It is multiple and universal in that there are several ways you can demonstrate your faith in God which is the purpose of everyone present. You can demonstrate your faith in God by your giving. It is your physical demonstration. You can demonstrate your praise of God through music which is the expression of your heart. You can demonstrate your faith in God through your reception and application to your practice, that is take it personal. God is instructing you. The preacher is not making the application but it is God, Himself speaking to you through His word. You can apply your faith in God by your response to His Word in changing the direction of your life to conform to His Word. That may require a response to the invitation but it may also require you to follow up on how you make decisions, express your love, help, etc. The worst thing you can do in a worship service is to remain unchanged by the presence of God. He is worthy of your worship.
We concluded our conversation with the second Scripture in I John 2:27. There is not excuse I can find that allows me to go on through life floundering because I don’t know how to live. If my parents didn’t know me well enough, they did teach me what they knew. No parent knows it all so all of us are to take what we are given and add to that what we can gain. We shouldn’t blame them because of their failure, rather we should thank God for giving them to us for what we got. We shouldn’t blame the church because of their failure to provide us with simple answers for life requires us to apply ourselves. The answers have been provided by God, Himself in His Word. Look again at this verse in I John. You don’t need anyone to be your teacher for The Holy Spirit is your teacher. Everyone born of the Spirit has the personal teacher, the Holy Spirit. It does not matter what kind of situation you come from, whether it was a terrible environment, physical handicap, or even persecution; you have what you need to know what God wants you to know. Even if you were born to unbelieving parents, in a place where the Scriptures are forbidden, and there are no missionaries and limited means of substance; if you will follow the light you have in doing what is right, it will lead you to know Him. Where are your choices taking you? The most important choice is to choose to follow Christ and be born again and you will receive the Holy Spirit to guide you.