© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“How should I live my life?” “What must I do to be saved?” “What should church be like?” Countless answers are offered. “Do what feels good.” “Do what everyone else is doing.” “Keep the family traditions.” “Respect the pope.” “Ask you pastor.”
When such questions have been answered, another must be posed: “Where did you get that idea?”
The Bible exposes both the wrong criteria for making decisions and the tragedy of choosing and believing wrong. “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). “Do not follow a crowd to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). “In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). One day Christ will render “vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). Both defiance toward God and simple negligence of His will cause the needless loss of the best in this life and the glory of eternal life.
Instead we are encouraged: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). God wants us to search the Scriptures in order to know His will and to evaluate every answer given to life’s most important questions (Acts 17:11).
What do you believe? Where are you headed? Where did you get that idea?
Where Did You Get that Idea?