Teach Me Your Ways- Our Part

There came a time for the preparation the disciples had received to be put into practice. Luke 9: 1-6 describes how Jesus gathered His disciples, empowered them, and sent them out to preach the gospel and heal those in need of healing. Again in Luke 10: 1 Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them ahead into every city and place where He was going to come. And of course, we should not forget that we have been sent forth today as well- “Go ye therefore and teach…” (Mt. 28: 19-20).

There are at least three aspects for wise learning to keep in mind:

  1. Discern if what you are learning is truthful and righteous. Acts 17: 10-11 praises the Bereans because they “searched the Scriptures daily” to determine if what they were being taught was true.
  2. Receive instruction once you have determined it is true and biblically sound. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end” ( Proverbs 19:20)– to have wisdom, we must receive wisdom. God promises that He will instruct us and teach us in the way that we should go (Psalm 32:8) and He will give us wisdom when we ask Him for it in faith and humility ( James 1:5-6).
  3. Apply this received instruction to life (how to think, feel, and act). Proverbs 23: 12 says, Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears unto the words of knowledge.” We read in James 1: 22 that we are not to only hear the word (instruction), but to do the word– act on it; otherwise we deceive ourselves. How can we deceive ourselves if we do no put our knowledge into action? Perhaps one way is that we can come to believe that going to church and hearing the word is sufficient for godliness; or, maybe our good intentions can suffice for actions. This is not to say that we should not establish good practices, or that we can earn salvation through works, but the actions resulting from sound teaching are good indicators we have received these teachings into our hearts.