“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” – Ephesians 4:14 (NLT)
Children are very impressionable. This is because they don’t have a lot of years of experience, so each new bit of information or new opportunity is not able to be compared and contrasted to opposing ideas in their brain. This is why it is not just important that kids learn academic truth, but during these formative years they need to be taught the truth of scripture. Then when they are confronted with a lie or with a wrong choice they will have something in their minds to contrast with the lie or wrong choice.
You may be an adult that is immature or childlike when it comes to your knowledge of the scripture. Maybe you came to Christ as an adult, or maybe your parents were more into your academics and athletics than they were in your growing in the knowledge of God’s word. It’s never too late to get started. Through daily reading God’s Word, attending Bible studies and worship, and reading books written by Bible believing authors, you can quickly make up for lost time.
If you don’t, you will be like the person described in today’s passage. You will be tempted to believe everything that sounds “spiritual” and by into lies that may seem to be connected to a scripture, yet what they lead you to go after is not at the center of God’s will.
Talk to the Lord today about your maturity level when it comes to knowing and doing God’s Word. If you sense He is leading you to expand your Bible knowledge of Him, pray about the three ways you can do this that we mentioned earlier. Ask God to help you grow up into a fuller knowledge of the scriptures. When that happens, you will find that living right and making right choices are a much more frequent occurrence in your life.