I talked once with a young pastor and pointed out the importance of being biblically accurate and theologically sound, rightly interpreting the Word of Truth. I also encouraged him to get training to make sure that what was taught and proclaimed was actually the Word of God.

His response was, “I just take what I like, what fits, and I make it shine and sparkle, entertaining and inspiring. And that’s really all I want to do.”

That is a tragic thought. If devotion is not based upon proven truth, it’s shallow. And if biblical truth is twisted, it’s heresy. It’s not going to accomplish anything. It is merely shallow sentiment. It is passing the time.

We have to work hard to understand God’s Word! Why? It’s only in the Bible that we can truly know what a Christian is, what God has done for us, and what God wants to do for us.

Ask God to help you focus on His Word more in the new year.