Are you concerned with truth?
Is it more valuable to you than all the comfort in the world?
When we want truth in our lives we are seeking to live in light of God’s Word…not our desires. What we selfishly want to hear is something that would gratify our emotional, physical, and relational needs. We want “good news” that tickles our senses–we do not want to experience any unpleasantness. But the truth often hurts because it confronts our errors. The problem with a self focused person is they will never be truly happy. They can never consume enough to feel full. But truth satisfies–it has an end; a fixed position. You know where to stop. If we didn’t have truth, we wouldn’t have anything worthwhile to preach–it would all be up to every individuals’ desire.
Consider 2 Timothy 4:2-4 Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth…
But the truth is not a respecter of persons. It is not concerned with feelings. It is simply a fact. We change it to fit our needs, but the truth never really changes. It remains consistent so we can see it and hear it for what it is and can always come back to it. Now, when we become aware of the truth we can wield it in such a way that hurts people, but this is not from the Lord. Truth is elixir of life. If we can hear it, see it, understand it, and most importantly–apply it–we are truly cured.
John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Those who are not truly His disciples will not hear the truth because their hearts are not for Him–they are for themselves. Consider Matthew 13. After Jesus tells the parable of the sower. He explains how the truth is spread to people with different “soil” which the truth seeds are sown into. He describes how the soil is a metaphor for the condition of their hearts and that the only hearts that will respond to the truth are those who “hear and understand the word, who bear fruit and yield…” (Mt. 13:23). The heart is a picture of our desires, our affections, and what we truly love. The parable explains that every heart that does not receive the word of truth in a way that produces a change/result, though they heard the truth, it did not yield any change in their life, which means their hearts were hard (Mt. 13:15).
Jesus said in John 18:37 I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice. Pilate’s response in vs. 38 is “What is truth?”
The entire New Testament describes the tragic story of how the Jews thought they knew the truth, but really didn’t. When Jesus came He tried to get them to see that He was God and that they needed to worship Him and follow Him–that all the prophets who spoke of a coming ruler were talking about Him. That’s when they killed Him. They did not hear the truth and they did not want to hear the truth. They wanted to believe what they wanted to believe and it cost them their souls.
If you were confronted with the truth, would you adapt yourself to it? Would you give up everything in your life that does not align with it? When you are unwilling to change because a principle that is undeniably from God is hurtful to your position, your emotions, or your goals–you are in unbelief. You are in danger of judgment. When we repent and believe in Jesus Christ we give up our rights to believe what we want and we assume a submissive and learning position. We are no longer the lords of what is right and wrong in our lives, we are slaves to HIS truth and we give up everything to find it.
The value of truth is found in the parable of the Pearl of Great Price:
Matthew 13:45-46 The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.
- Of course we know that the Pearl of Great Price is Jesus!