When I teach my residents, many of them are knowledge rich, but experience poor. We review a microscope slide with knowledge of the working diagnosis the submitting physician has provided. As we are reviewing the slide, I query them over what they are observing. Some may give a textbook perfect quote of the features of the disease. The only problem is this is not what the microscope slide is revealing. The residents are quoting and describing what they believe should be on the slide based upon the submitted clinical diagnosis, but not accurately describing what is actually on the slide. Their descriptions are impressive and correct but for the wrong diagnosis!
In my spiritual walk with God, I am guilty of the same error. I may think I am faithfully following and obeying God but in reality, I am forcing God to follow my preferences and desires. I may quote His Word, but out of context. I may read His word only to complete a Bible study assignment, but not to deepen my relationship with God.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
I am so thankful for Pastors, teachers, and faithful brothers and sisters who keep me honest and my mind sharpened.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.