The Hardest Thing We Can Do
We tend to invent our own version of truth to avoid the pain of living the truth. We believe lies to avoid guilt. “God is leading me to divorce my husband because he wants me to be happy.” By contrast, the ultimate truth of Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ life was the full equality of all people. He suffered greatly to achieve it. He summoned his country to be what it said it was but was not – a land where all people are created equal. He was arrested 45 times, his skull was fractured, and he was often beaten and tear-gassed.1 He believed in the full equality of people and lived it out.
Bruce Wilkinson tells of a Christian man who confessed that he lied to everyone all the time and was afraid he could not stop. He listed 26 people to whom he had lied. The first was his boss. He often lied on his timesheet and took pay for time he did not work. Furthermore, his boss had told him to lie to the customers. The man confessed his lies to his boss telling him he was not going to lie to him or for him anymore. Their two hour conversation convicted his boss of his own lying. The boss said he would never ask the man to lie for him again. Usually, however, living the truth brings negative consequences. It is contrary to the world’s operating system and receives the world’s hate (John 15:19). Living the truth daily is the hardest, most costly thing we can do, and we need God’s grace to do it.
We live the truth when we keep our promises. “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV). The expected answer is, “No!” God is our model. Whether preparing income tax returns, honoring marriage vows, or keeping verbal or written contracts, we live the truth when we keep our word. Psalm 15:4 says that the one who shall abide in God’s tabernacle and dwell in His holy hill is the one that keeps his oath even when it hurts.
Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14) and fills us with both (John 1:17) as we follow Him. We must stick to Him like a magnet to a refrigerator and trust His grace for the hardest thing we can do, living the truth daily. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #truth
1. Meacham, Jon. His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope. New York: Random House, 2020.
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