20 … do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully … (1 Thessalonians 5).
The best way to honor those who deliver “prophetic utterances” is to “examine everything carefully” they are saying. The Apostle Paul commended the brethren in Berea because “they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). They did not just swallow whole everything Paul taught them, but checked the Scriptures to make sure his words aligned with God’s Word.
This is what it means to “love God … with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)—you value God’s Word above all other words and use your mind to analyze things taught by religious people. Any truly devoted pastor desires a congregation that checks out the spiritual food he has prepared for them before swallowing it.
Lord, help us This Day to love You with our minds by performing taste tests. Amen.