Ok, @bethmoorelpm on twitter is so challenging. I know people call twitter a dumpster fire but there are some voices on there that are really bringing out some thought-provoking messages. I’m sure she and @livingproofministries are getting flooded right now (I realize I’m adding to the flood 😬) but God bless her and God bless that whole ministry. This quote is the last part of a long thread – I’ll repost some of it here but check out her twitter to see the full dialog! 🙌
“I’m talking about how often we dismiss what someone’s trying to explain to us because we’re simply too lazy to understand. Consider how often our positions on/interpretations of biblical issues have not been studied and developed personally but formed 2nd hand because we’re lazy.
We refuse to do our own homework. We refuse to study why some Scripture interpretations are often more layered than they’re regularly taught. We refuse to do the work of prayer. We just already know what team we’re on. Because we’re lazy. The examples are endless. We won’t listen to one another on difficult issues and try to understand how their experiences differ so widely from ours because were lazy. We already know where we want to be on the matter & that’s the end of it. I’m talking about matters that matter to God. And because we are too lazy to try to understand difficult things, we never increase in maturity (despite how mature we self-present) and our “senses” are never adequately “trained to distinguish between good & evil.” (Heb 5:14) See, good & evil or not always easy to distinguish.
I’m going to have this on my mind for a while. I’m going to be thinking how often I’m unwilling to understand difficult things to explain—not because I lack the brains or ability but— because I’m too dang lazy to pay attention & listen. Anyway, I found it very convicting. Look around you and start to notice.
Look in the mirror & start to notice how often we don’t go to the trouble to understand because we’re too dang lazy.
OK, well, have a good day. LOL.
Seriously, I want so badly to keep growing. Let’s keep going to the work of understanding difficult matters that matter to God.”