2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Looking back on my “B.C.” days (Before Christ), I was in harmony with the sin I was committing. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I was having too much fun. I thought there might be some consequence, but for now, I wanted all that I could get my hands on. In essence, I was a really good sinner.
When I was confronted with the truth, something happened. Sin wasn’t fun anymore. To think that I was going to have to face judgment and punishment for the things I had done wasn’t a very pleasant thought at all. The weeks that followed my hearing the gospel presentation, were filled with trepidation, fear and anxiety. I was confronted with the fact that denominational religion could not and would not save my soul from an eternal, fiery Hell.
I was confronted with the fact that though my parents were well meaning in their teaching; desirous of good and moral behavior in their son – the truth of my need for salvation stood in the decision to deny all things save Christ alone. Denying my parents religion… Turning from trusting anything except what the Bible; the Word of God told me to be true.
I was entrenched in the traditions. I was ensnared by the relationships formed with those closest to me. My family. My friends. My parent’s friends. Each held to some form of religion to take them to Heaven.
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The stark reality of what I faced that day – and every day since, was, “What was I going to do with what I know?” I began to run everything I knew to be true through the scrutiny of God’s Word. Yes, there were evidences of truth in the denomination I attended. But the what wasn’t true was enough to make me realize that I had a definite decision to make – anything less would be compromise.
God had to be right – all the time, every time. Anything that didn’t line up with the Word of God had to go. And I had to be willing to take a stand.
Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
In looking at my own relationship with the truth, I had to make some very hard decisions. I love my parents – with all my heart! But there comes a time in everyone’s life that we have to stand for what we believe.
As a parent, I trust that the teaching, training and mentoring we have given our children will lead them to make good and right decisions. There are no guarantees.
God; the omniscient One, knows everything about me. He knows how many hairs are on my head.
Luke 12:7 “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
God knows even what I say in the voice inside my head – idle words – the Bible calls them.
Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
To be accountable for any and all words I speak is a very convicting truth. I know that the first response that comes to my mind most times is carnal. Things that go unfiltered through my mind are dangerous, destructive and divisive. My relationship with truth must be one that begins with humility.
Simply – God is right and I am wrong… no matter how I feel, how I think or how much I believe it is true. God is always right – all the time.
The ability to submit our dreams and aspirations to allow God to reshape them or give us new ones takes an understanding of the truth that as a child of God, I am no longer my own. I am a purchased possession of the God of Heaven. Oh, and what a price that was paid!
In love and indebtedness for that love, I come each day to give my submission and obedience to the One whose love saved me from certain destruction and Hell. I have grown to cherish my relationship with Truth – which simply is my relationship with Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
And by that truth, I am set free!
John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”