John 18:37 “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
We all desire to belong.
There is an inate sense; a need to associate ourselves with someone or something. Identification and acceptance. A recognition that we are a life that matters.
There are those among us who have been severely and horribly abused. They have been made to feel as if their lives matter nothing. So much so, that their own self worth has literally disappeared.
They do not see their lives as having any value. The enemy has so beaten, battered and bloodied their hearts and minds with such lies that many take their own lives as a means to escape the utter despair.
Yet, not everyone succumbs to the lies that they are told.
At salvation, I was made to see the whole of my life in a different manner.
I felt the victim of the bad choices I had made – ‘You made this mess – now you live in it’. The enemy began such an assault on my mind that my worth to this world was fast diminishing. But in hearing the truth of the gospel; that I was worth Jesus Christ dying on the cross for me… My heart was overwhelmed that He would do such a thing… for me!
When I began to realize that there was a way out of the destructive behavior; the bondage of addiction and sin; hope began to rise and has never left me since. I began to see that I now belonged to something and Someone much bigger than myself. My life mattered. I had something to live for and it began a journey that still amazes me today.
“Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
That short little phrase caught me today – ‘of the truth’.
Because I place my faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am now ‘of the truth’. I have been given the ability to hear His voice. Truly, membership has it’s privileges!
Membership in the family of God certainly has many things I never knew I needed. Peace. Peace with God and peace with those around me. To look up into Heaven and know that everything is right between my God and me. Every thought, every deed, everything that I have ever done or left undone is known of God and now brings me peace.
I have a calm assurance that God is my Father; Heaven is my home, Christ is my Savior and I am His child! I have had so many prayers answered. I have witnessed miraculous things and been used of God to see and do some pretty amazing things!
When you are able to use the gifts and talents that God has gifted you and see others touched by God thorugh you is an awesome thing!
Being ‘of the truth’ has meaning as well. Being ‘of the truth’ means I must LIVE the truth. There is nothing so ineffective and damaging as one who says he is a Christian, but lives contrary to the very truth and principles that the world knows to be ‘christian’.
We are ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ. I am His representative here to those who know nothing of the truth or what it can bring to their lives.
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
Being ‘of the truth’ carries with it an expectation and responsibility. It means I must be truthful or full of truth. Do we bend the truth? Are we prone to lying? Do we exaggerate to make ourselves look good? Or do we omit truth to keep others from seeing us as we truly are?
Many of us cannot live with the fact that we are weak. Some feel that they are conceding defeat or fear the lack of control when they admit weakness. The Apostle Paul struggled with this very thing but came ot the conclusion:
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”
Often, that truth goes against my thinking and my nature. Yet, yielding to the very strength of God and relying on Him has brought more fruit that I could have ever done on my own.
Being ‘of the truth’ has a code of conduct.
Being ‘of the truth’ means I must be transparent and honest in my dealings with people. Admittance of guilt and confession of sin seem hard until you actually do it. When you know how freeing it is and how liberated you feel, you will come to it much easier, much quicker the second time. But come to it you must!
Only when I operate cleanly and purely with my God will we actually interact. If there is any lying or deceitfulness in me, it becomes a stumbling block to answered prayer.
Psalms 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Once I confess and forsake my sin, I have opened the pathway for truth.
Being ‘of the truth’ is humbling.
Being ‘of the truth’ is not convenient.
Being ‘of the truth’ can also bring renewal, restoration, and revival. If everyone operated truthfully, what could we accomplish? How much could be done for the cause of Christ?
I want to be known as a man of God. But first, I must be a man of truth.