Truth Seekers

IMG_1913What is truth? This was Pilate’s response to Jesus in John 18:38 after Jesus said to him “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” in verse 37. Pilate was a man who had apparently made peace in his heart with the notion that there is no such thing as truth in life. Probably a contributor to Pilate’s conclusion is that many times in life, it can be very difficult to know what is true. A good illustration of my point is the current election campaigns going on in the US. How do you know what a candidate will actually do once they are in office? You can single out each candidate for something they’ve waffled on in the past. There’s also the values some claim to have and then the campaign tactics they use which are contrary to the values they say they uphold. I think it leaves us, the voters, in a conundrum for knowing what’s really true. Adolf Hitler, after all, was elected to office by the German people. Germans were simply under the impression that Hitler was a strong patriot and would be the leader Germany needed to stabilize their economy and lead them out of the recession World War I had placed them in. Indeed, it can be very difficult to know what is true. But there’s a difference between knowing what is true and knowing THE TRUTH. Jesus in John 14:6 said “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by me.” Jesus also said in John 18:37 “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-to bear witness to the truth. Pilate was staring at the truth when he asked the question, “what is truth.” Truth can be known, but you have to know him personally. He’s the only truth that really matters for every human being to get to know. He’s the truth, John 8:32, that “will set you free.” But all of us must also be confronted with another question, do I actually want to know the truth? If we can make peace that there is no truth, then there is no morality for us to answer to. There is no final high court for us to stand before. We can indulge ourselves in whatever pleasures we want in this life because there is no truth. So, instead of trying to find truth, many people look for ways to disprove and excuse truth. Because if Jesus is the truth, that has life-changing consequences for all of us. Do you want to know the truth? The bible says in Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with your whole heart.” God doesn’t say it’s easy, he says it takes your whole heart. How many things do we fail at because we don’t give it our whole heart? Diet and exercise plans are probably the number 1 failed resolutions we make for ourselves. Why? We want to indulge ourselves in tasty food and laziness more than we want the result of the exercise program. I love teaching Sunday school to our teen group here. I encourage all of them to test what I teach them every week. Don’t just accept it as true, analyze it, review it, make sure it’s what the bible says. I want to make them truth seekers. Because I know that everyone who genuinely searches for truth with their whole heart will find it. A good friend of mine recently gave me a book called Seeking Allah: Finding Jesus. It’s one of the best Christian testimonies I’ve ever read. The book is the faith testimony of Nabeel Quereshi. He was born into a staunch Muslim family, but over the course of his life, events happened that caused him to doubt whether he could trust the faith he had in Islam. Nabeel wasn’t satisfied with anything less than knowing what was true. And that’s my prayer for each of our children and for anyone who might read this and who hasn’t found truth for themselves yet. You can know it for sure. You can have life more abundantly than you’ve ever had it. But search for it with your whole heart and don’t be satisfied until you’ve grasped it.

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