Sometimes it smacks you in the face and sometimes it’s a gradual, almost unnoticeable acquisition, but when you learn Truth, you can’t ‘untruth’ it. I’m talking about Truth of the Gospel, Truth of faith, and Truth of The Way. Once you learn it, once you see it, experience it, know it, you become responsible for it, and accountable to it. You can’t pretend you never learned it because now it’s there when you never saw it before, constantly reminding you what you now attain.
You can’t ‘untruth’ THE Truth.
When we encounter Truth, we are forever changed. We are now held accountable to new standards, a new way of living, and a new perspective. Sure we can choose to ignore Truth or act like it’s not even there, but we’re still held accountable for what we know. We are judged based upon the level of our knowing and then our response to that knowing. Take, for example, miracles – many of us hope and pray for miracles to occur in our lives, but we’re also kind of scared to actually receive them because then we have to do something about what we’ve now received. We have to change accordingly.
The knowing doesn’t somehow make the road easy. It does only that: let us know. We’re left to figure out what’s next. How do we move forward with the Truth we’ve just acquired? Our conscience kicks in because it’s being formed with each piece of Truth we add to it, and it pushes and pulls us in what feels like a million different directions sometimes. Often the Truth is initially a flat out pain in the butt. Truth can be heavy and cumbersome at times, but in the long run it’s the resounding Truth that is ultimately the most freeing thing we could ever chase.
Think about the Truth that Jesus knew as He carried the cross to Calgary. He and God knew His ultimate destiny, the undeniable Truth of His life. The weight of Jesus’ Truth was certainly heavy and cumbersome, even temporarily deathly, and He even prayed for God to take it away if possible.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me…” [Luke 22:42]
Even Jesus begged God to take away the Truth of His destiny. Still He knew He was accountable to the Truth and what it meant for the salvation of the entire world, and so he conceded saying,
“…still, not my will but yours be done.” [Luke 22:42]
Jesus knew the extension of what the Truth of his own crucifixion would lead to: The Resurrection. He also knew how important it was for Him to follow the Truth, even right into His very own death. People judged and mocked and ridiculed Him. They lost their faith in Him, and they challenged Him to save Himself. Still Jesus knew He was accountable to His Truth and only He had the wisdom and vision to see the depth and importance of His own Truth.
Throughout your lives, as you discover Truth after Truth, I pray you will chase it. The Truth and your truth is where you will find your purpose and your greatest happiness.
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