So then, we must pay all the closer attention to what we heard, in case we drift away from it.
Scripture and the early creeds are kind of like our guard rails. If we wander off too far from them, we will soon find ourselves lost and groping about in the darkness of our own, or somebody else’s, version of the Gospel. Perhaps unknown to us, we will be living by a made-up philosophy.
I like definition #5 of “philosophy”: a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs.
What are your principles for guidance in practical affairs? Where do they come from?
Remember, the root of our religion is Jesus Christ. Scripture and creeds may be our guide rails, and good works will be our natural response to an authentic God encounter, but our root is a person. The resurrected, living Christ always with us.
Distanced from Christ, Christianity loses its meaning.
May we never stray from Jesus, His Spirit, His Father, His guidance, His teaching, His example, His power, His life, His presence. For from Him, from His actual life, flows the living water which we have to drink if we ever for a moment hope to live how He told us to live.
“Without me, you see, you can’t do anything,” said Jesus.