Today I want to visit with you a little bit about Jesus. If you look at his life a bit of a pattern emerges.
First, an unbelievable message was presented to Mary and Joseph, but they believed what they knew to be truth. Others would have scoffed, but they held true. Even Elisabeth believed and her baby (John) jumped in her womb at the sound of the truth of the messiah to be born of Mary.
Then John came claiming to be speaking the truth about this man, Jesus, but the teachers of the law and Pharisees (the influential people of the day) came challenging and not believing. But John held to the truth.
Next Jesus came teaching and healing. The healings were amazing since there was truth that had been done that no one could deny. When a dead boy was helped out of his coffin in the middle of a funeral and a leprous man was cleansed with a touch, then no one could deny that these were miracles. Some believed, but the leaders of the day ridiculed and plotted to kill Jesus to remove his influence on society.
Jesus came teaching truths about social justice and concern for our fellow man. He taught good stewardship and a measure of what should take priority in our lives. He also lived those things out in his life. Again, however, the leading religious people (who were also very political by the way) became agitated and plotted to remove Jesus’ influence from the people.
It is sad to say that often times people just are not willing to side with truth and doing what is right. Just the other day I mentioned something that had been proven true, and someone else responded with “I just don’t believe that.” You don’t have to believe that something is true for it to be true.
As Christians, we are called to be on the side of truth and righteousness. Jesus said it this way: “Here is the judgment. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light. They loved darkness because what they did was evil. “Everyone who does evil things hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do will be seen. But anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God’s help.” -John 3:19-21
Are you the kind of person who sides with truth? Do you do things of the light, or does darkness reside in you? Sometimes we want to accept some truths and reject others. Mainly this is done because we aren’t comfortable with whatever truth is being presented. We must be very careful. Paul gives warning about this in Galatians 5:7-9: “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? The One who chooses you does not keep you from obeying the truth. You should know that ‘just a little yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough.'”
See that comment about yeast? If we allow deception and dishonest gain to have any place in our lives, then it can take over our lives.
Let us be people who follow Jesus’ example in standing up for what is right and supporting others who are trying to do the same. Do not shrink back. Let the voice of truth be heard in every place in society for God has not given you a Spirit of timidity but of power, of love, and of self discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
This is what I desire in my life, and if we are to see change in the world around us, we must be agents to stir up that change. Join with me as we affect this world for truth in Jesus’ name.
If there is anything I can do for you or pray with you about, feel free to contact me at jddobbs@Verizon.net or at the office at 245-1611. God bless you as you become a voice for truth!