Traditions or Innovation?
And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers (Gal.1.14).
Tradition is the passing of cultures from one generation to another. It is a great way to preserve heritage. Paul was well tutored in the traditions of his father but when he met Christ, a lot of them had to give way. Good as traditions are, they must be examined alongside the word of God to be sure they are not negating divine instructions. There is nothing that renders God’s word powerless like traditions. Once your tradition opposes God’s word, you should decide to honor God’s word instead of your traditions. Paul learnt that in a hard way. Which one is superior to you?
Divine instructions offer new perspectives to life other than traditions. To insist on doing things the way it has always being is to refuse to learn new things. Divine commands provide opportunities for us to know beyond what others have experienced. That is why it takes faith to work with God. Your willingness to see beyond all your experiences and take a bold step of faith into the unknown is important. That’s why Enoch did a very exceptional thing, walking with God. Your willingness to let go of the known for the unknown in the face of yielding to divine instructions could be a game changer for you.
…making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do (Mark.7.13).
Good as traditions may be, it could be a neutralizer. It can kill your sensitivity to the voice of God. Peter had a vision to kill some animals and eat but he declined because of traditions. God may be bringing you into areas that are not familiar, you must be willing to let go of the customs you have held unto. Though the word of God is powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, it can be rendered powerless by traditions. How? When God instructs, if you ignore it because it doesn’t sound conventional, you will not experience the power in obedience.
© Olusola John