I remember a day back then when I attended a home church/cell group, and when time for prayer came we all stood up and did our thing. It happened that by some chance, everybody who was there, prayed and ultimately faced the wall-something that just happened without being communicated. A few minutes or so into the prayer two ladies walked in and found everybody praying and facing the wall and without hesitation, faced the wall and started praying also.
How many of us do that in our daily walk with the Lord? Do things because we see people doing them? Follow traditions in the church that have been passed from one generation to the next without understanding why? Some that are not even scriptural. Traditions that have made the Word to be so diluted that it has no effect in our lives? How is it that one simply thrives on another’s revelation without knowing what it is that God Himself is saying?
We have inserted our own scriptures in the bible that we heard other people quote, not knowing that they do not even exist. “The bible says God helps those who help themselves”. We sing songs because everybody sings the songs, are they even scriptural? “The Holy Spirit MUST come down”… what was Pentecost all about then? We give because everybody is giving, is your heart cheerful when doing so? We raise our voices and pray in a Christianese twang, praying in thee’s and thou’s- Can you even understand what it is you are saying? All because that’s how everyone does it.
For as long as one does not understand why they are doing something, one is ineffective is his ways and can be easily tossed to and fro with every passing wind of doctrine or philosophies. The people of Berea searched scriptures every time Paul the great apostle taught them, to see if what he was saying is true. Why are our bibles so clean and intact? Do we know why it is that we are doing what we are doing ? Is God pleased with it?Is it Christ-like(Based on the Word) or just church -like?
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in HIM, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” – Colossians 2:6-8