“Digging Deeper” is an opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week.
“Always an Audience”
1 John 4:5
They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.
You may have noticed that some of the most popular people in this world are not sharing and living the truth. They have a large audience of people who are being influenced by them. It would be easy, and perhaps natural to give credibility to people who have a large audience.
However, popularity is not the test of authenticity. In this passage, John makes the point that people who speak “from the world” will always have an audience. Even in our churches, we should be mindful to not sacrifice truth in order to draw and maintain a larger audience.
Consider these words written by Paul to the younger Timothy. “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)
Jesus also spoke about this matter. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matt. 7:13-14)
THOUGHT: Popularity is not the test of authenticity.