标 题： 神的道路非同于你的道路
经 节： 你们要谨慎，恐怕有人用他的理学和虚空的妄言，不照着基督，乃照人间的遗传和世上的小学就把你们掳去。（歌罗西书二章8节）
God’s Thinking Is Not Man’s Thinking
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the
world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
There is a subtle temptation that encourages Christians to be
“practical.” That is, they try to do God’s work in man’s way. “Getting results”
becomes the primary focus. It almost seems that we believe that the end
justifies the means. Don’t be led away by the world’s reasoning. An examination
of God’s Word shows that the means are sometimes even more important than the
results. The world tries to convince you that as long as you can accomplish
something for the kingdom of God, that’s all that matters. For example, Ananias
and Sapphira gave an offering to their church, which was a good thing, but they
did it deceitfully. God judged them immediately, not for what they did, but for
how they did it (Acts 5:1–11).
Satan tried to trap Jesus with this same temptation. Satan did not
question the worthiness of Jesus’ task, but simply offered “practical”
solutions to accomplish Jesus’ goal more quickly and at lesser cost. God’s ways
are not like man’s ways. “Efficiency” from man’s perspective is not prized by
God. It did not seem efficient to have the children of Israel march around
Jericho thirteen times and then blow their trumpets, but it brought the walls
down (Josh. 6). It did not appear wise to select the youngest of Jesse’s sons
to become the next king, but God saw a man after His own heart (1 Sam. 16:11).
At first glance, it does not seem logical for Jesus to have picked the twelve
disciples He did, yet through them God dramatically affected their world.
It is never wise to attempt to do God’s work in man’s way. It is an
age-old temptation that seems to make sense on the surface but often is at
variance with the purposes of God.