“…O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called 'knowledge,' for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.”

// 1 Timothy 6:20-21

In this verse Paul reminds Timothy that as a young leader it is important to recognize the difference between true and false knowledge — and to guard what he has found in Christ. Sometimes people say things that sound so close to the truth that it’s easy to take them as the answers to our current circumstance instead of going to the source of knowledge, Christ. If we get distracted by these counterfeit options, they can take us off course from what God’s plan is. The kind of true knowledge that Paul is referring to is wisdom that can only be found through revelation given by God.

In New York City, it’s easy to get counterfeit advice and opinions from every person in our world, so much so that we can pick and choose what sounds good or seems convenient. If we depend on “knowledge” from every person who comes our way, we can open ourselves up to a lot of opinions and expressions that are counterfeit truths. Ultimately we need to be getting our truth from God, which comes to us from His Spirit, through His Scriptures, and always in the flow of the fellowship of the church (which includes relationships, leadership, accountability in discipleship). God has a plan for us to receive His truth.

The good news is that God has given us the resources that reveal true knowledge to us, so that we don’t ever have to “swerve from the faith” [2 Timothy 2:18]. ‘Revelation’ simply means to uncover; as we seek to know Him better, His character reveals wisdom to us so that we can live out the great life He has for us. When we choose to make God paramount in our world, with lives lived in awe and reverence toward Him, He gives us His wisdom as a gift, freely given.

God wants our lives to bear fruit that reflects the wisdom He gives us. When God is our source of truth, then our lives will be filled with sacrificial love, abundance and grace.

// Tabitha Akins