"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering"
John C. Maxwell, well known author and speaker on the concepts and precepts of all things leadership, once penned this sobering truth: "You teach what you know, you reproduce who you are." This phrase connects hand in hand with another short quip that hangs on the walls of my mind. "Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less." The long and the short of it is this: we are watched and observed, and the example we set is the model that is learned. What we do in our private life affects those we influence in our public life. If we are not open to seeking the face of God, open to being challenged to live according to His righteousness, and not open receiving the Word and Truth of God, then we are depending upon our own selves, logic, and understanding to be the basis of our influence. God help us.
These "experts" were being charged, not with being experts on who God is or what God was saying, but on their own misguided interpretations that were based on preference, tradition, and personal agenda. Because they shut themselves off from receiving life-changing revelation, they "locked-up" that opportunity, thus robbing it from others in whom they influenced. And, for this, they would be held accountable.
"Seek the Lord." It's a phrase you can't escape in Scripture. "Seek Him while He may be found." "Seek the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength." "Seek first the Kingdom of God..." If you're not seeking the Lord, and in the fear of the Lord, you will be held accountable by the Lord. He has a purpose and plan for you that is dependent upon a continual and consistent connection with Him. Continue to seek the Lord and be intimate with the knowledge of who He is. This is the key, the foundational principle by which you can truly be an effective influencer, allowing others to enter into that same level of knowledge and understanding.