August 3, 2017
Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 1 Timothy 1:6 (NIV)
Rarely does anyone decide to abandon the truth. People wander from the truth gradually. You don’t want to be that person.
Here are four warning signs that a person is in danger of wandering away from the truth.
- Am I always looking for something new?
That’s what the “myths and endless genealogies” (1:4) were—something new. People who are deeply rooted in Christ are satisfied in him. If you are always looking for something new, you are the kind of person who could easily wander from the truth.
- Do I like to talk while avoiding action?
Some people are full of “meaningless” (1:6) and pious talk that masks an unholy life. If you see the Bible as a book of ideas to be discussed rather than truth to be obeyed, you are the kind of person who could wander from the truth.
- Do I want to teach more than I want to learn?
Some folks want to teach (1:7) others, but they don’t really want to learn themselves. If you love to teach, but you do not love to learn, you are in danger of wandering away from the truth.
- Does my confidence exceed my knowledge?
Some people who “want to be teachers” (1:7), according to Paul “do not know what they are talking about.” Do you feel you should have a platform in the church to share your latest ideas? If others don’t buy in, do you become dogmatic and angry? Do you think you are the only one who sees the truth? You are in danger of wandering from the truth.
Do you see any of these warning signs in your own life?