A few mornings ago, I announced to Erin that I wanted some juicy, super sweet, cold watermelon. In fact, I used the phrase ‘craving watermelon.’ And trust me, it was a very random announcement in the middle of conversation that had nothing to do with food.
First, let me announce that it’s a random craving…and no, I’m not experiencing pregnancy hormones. Second, it’s February…we’re pretty far away from anything even close to ‘watermelon season.’ Third, when I explained I wanted cold watermelon, I used the phrase “right out of the creek bed.” Erin demanded an explanation as she laughed at me. It was sparked by a childhood memory of my mom placing whole watermelons in a creek during our picnics to cool them off before we cut into them.
There is something about watermelon that sings ‘summer’ to me. It’s the wonderful sight of juicy red fruit and the first inhale of its crisp promise of sweetness.
However, it’s got one little problem.
Actually, more than one problem…it’s dozens of problems.
Seeds. Seeds are the problem.
We have to be careful when consuming watermelon to ensure that we aren’t swallowing large amounts of seeds. It doesn’t matter if you believe it’s unhealthy or healthy to swallow them…the point is that the seeds can spoil the experience of eating a super sweet piece of fruit.
The same is true with Biblical teachings. Some appear encouraging and true on the surface. It’s what we want to hear…or it’s what we can accept at any given time in our lives. Sometimes popular Christian authors aren’t actually who we should be reading…maybe there are people at church we shouldn’t be hanging out with…perhaps there’s Christian music we shouldn’t be listening to.
The book of Acts provides us with an example of examining scriptures to see the truth of God’s word. “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” ~Acts 17:11 (ESV)
All Biblical teachings should be compared to God’s Word. All. As in, the teachings of others, authors, musicians, and even the people we associate with. All Biblical teachings should be compared to the Bible.
If the teaching is true, ingest it.
If the teaching is found to be false, spit it out…just like the watermelon seeds.
I pray this week that you can enjoy Biblical teachings with discernment to see what you should retain and reject. And while I’m praying this, I’m still longing for the summer…with the promise of that first sweet bite of watermelon!