Truth Changes Things
Truth has turned into such a tricky word these days. In reality, truth is only as true as a person’s ability to understand and accept it. No matter how much I may want the sky to be called gold, the truth is, it isn’t. Truth does not change because our opinion of it does. We must come to the realization that God is truth and that, no matter how differently we feel about it, it will always be true.
When we are exposed to the truth, it will always set us free. But as in all things, we have a choice. Jesus told the people and His disciples, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Two things are happening here. First, Jesus told them that if they abide in His word, they are His disciples. He has just declared a powerful truth! Abide in the Greek is “meno.” It means to remain, stay, and reside. No jumping the fence between the world and relationship with Jesus. No one foot in, one foot out, hokey-pokey kind of Christian life. He made it very clear! You have to be all in to be truly associated with Him. In other words, calling ourselves Christians on our way to the club on Friday night, yeah, that won’t do. Trust me, I know from past experience that playing both sides only serves to keep you lonely.
Second, Jesus told them that if and when you were His disciples, you would be exposed to the truth and it would set you free. So, when you live according to God’s word, not the word of gossip, or Facebook, or your neighbor, you would be called a disciple of Jesus, and you would know absolute truth. Notice, He doesn’t say that you had to become perfect first then He would let you call yourself one of His disciples! No! He simply says, spend time with me, learn God’s word so that it becomes a compass for your heart, and everyone around you would recognize who you are.
Why is it so important that we know the truth? How we live according to truth will determine our outcome, our responses, and even our thoughts. When we are faced with something that conflicts with truth, we will know it. It will stop us dead in our tracks. Knowing God’s truth keeps us from going down paths we are not called to be on. His truth will protect our hearts. His truth also helps us to recognize the lie in our circumstances. Think, would you recognize a person impersonating your spouse or your children? You better believe it! Why? Because you have spent time with them. You have a relationship with them that helps you to know them very well. This was Jesus’ point! As we spend time with Him, we come to know Him intimately just as we know those that we love. And the benefit would be a relationship with truth as well.
Have you ever been in a place in your life where you felt like you couldn’t tell the truth from the lie? Have you ever felt because of that, you were so far from God? I can say yes to both questions. I have been in a place where I was captive to the lies of the enemy. I’ve felt as if I was in a hole and not even God could reach me. But something changed! The moment I decided I didn’t want to live in a hole anymore, I decided to do something about it. I gave my whole heart to Jesus. I longed for a real relationship with Him. Not religion that gives me a checklist, but a relationship that accepts me as I am, and guides me in truth! Jesus not only lives in truth, He is truth.
If you desire to have a relationship with Him, a real one, you have to be willing to give up the comfortable lies of the enemy. Satan tells you that you are just fine not living in truth because at least you have control over your own life. Lie! “…He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). I became desperate for truth when going to church was not changing my life. I jumped from church to church to find Jesus and I was further and further from Him. Every negative situation instantly consumed my heart. I was not able to dig myself out of the hole I was in. I went from being in control of my life, to not being able to wrap my mind around simple thoughts without becoming fearful and anxious. If doing things my way, contrary to God, leads me into a hole, I surely don’t want that ever again!
When we truly live in relationship with God, it is evident in our character, in our choices, the way we respond to difficult situations, and the world around us knows. We don’t instantly become these perfect people. Rather we become people that offer life, hope, and being genuine in a world full of gimmicks and falsity. So today, are you living in truth? I am not talking perfection, but a life that evidences a relationship with the Father. If you are not sure, then you already have your answer. But you are not far off. Take a moment today and just sit with Jesus. Give Him your whole heart. Trust me, it’s only in Him where you will truly be free…