I’d like you to take a moment right now.
Just pause and imagine what your life would have been if you didn’t know what you now know about God as revealed in Christ. Imagine you never knew what you know today. Remember what you used to be afraid of that you no longer fear? Before you were exposed to the teaching of our righteousness in Christ, do you remember how you used to beat yourself over-under guilt and condemnation whenever you sinned? Remember different meetings you attended for miracles and breakthroughs, you sowed different seeds, bottles of anointing oil were emptied on your head several times…and nothing tangible happened… How about the several deliverance sessions you attended until you learned Col 1:12-14 and Heb. 2:14-15? Remember how you were deceived and manipulated by so-called men of God?
I hope you remember?
Do you remember how confused you were about God, how you had so many perplexing questions about certain things in the scriptures yet you didn’t know the answers until you began to listen to sound doctrines? I hope you still remember how you wandered from one church to another looking for the right food and the right atmosphere for spiritual development until you found a local church where the Word was taught and practiced? Many of us were bound by religion and traditions before our exposure to the truth.
It is very easy to forget…It is very to neglect… It is easy for us to count as common what we once treasured. When familiarity sets in, the value we once placed on truth depreciates. The local church we once celebrated becomes less important or not important at all. We say stuffs like “Well…what is being preached or taught in that place or by that person is not special…in fact many others are preaching the same truth even with better results” We forget that it was in that same place or from that person we first heard God’s Word taught in such an accurate and edifying way. We must guard jealously the truth we have learnt and still learning. Truth is not scarce but it is sacred and precious.
Paul told Timothy “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (2Tim 3:14). Did you observe he also mentioned the fact that he learnt it from someone. We must not play the game of familiarity because it often leads to contempt. The instruction is to continue in those things. The word “continue” in the Greek is “meno”. It means “to abide, to remain, to never drift from”. Stay where you can keep receiving knowledge especially revelation knowledge. Don’t allow anything to take you elsewhere. And we all must be grateful always about the gift of Christ in men and the gifts of men (Eph. 4:11-15).