Monday, August 13, 2007

The Evidence for Truth

Belief is the first step of faith. Every person of faith had a point in their life when they heard the Truth and believed. Faith is rooted in our belief of Truth. May I also point out that Truth is not just a bunch of facts and figures, but Truth ultimately is a Person. Jesus is the Truth, the truth we need to know about God. So our belief has to be in a Person rather than a doctrine.

I would much rather have people who were following Jesus and had incorrect doctrine than people who had correct doctrine but are not following Jesus. A person following Jesus will discover correct doctrine, but a person with correct doctrine is hard to move.

The Pharisees and the disciples are perfect examples of this. The Pharisees were proud of their knowledge and they missed Jesus. The disciples were ordinary and uneducated and often missed Jesus’ point, but they followed. It was by following Jesus that they came to learn the teachings they needed for life.

It is not enough for us to base our relationship with God solely on our attendance at a Bible Study, at Church, and our dedication to a daily quiet time. There has to be evidence of the Truth in our lives. What that means is we begin to live the way Jesus would live if He was in our position. We start helping those in need and starting serving those around us. We begin to see our Christianity more in terms of what we are doing with our lives than what programs we attend.

James wrote:
Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us(James 1:27; NLT).

What God desires from us is not a religion in which we sit in our church pews with all the answers, but rather a religion which finds itself in the midst of trouble shining brightly for all to see. Some how we have missed this point. We get so caught up in making sure people attend church that we often miss helping people where they hurt the most.

Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you. Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren’t contaminated by their sins (Jude 21-23; NLT).
The way God desires us to live is the way Jesus lived. He wants us to show mercy to people and through our actions bring them into a relationship with Him. That is what Christianity is about.

The point I want to make is this: being lights in the world is about how we live. What we believe about God is important, because our belief determines our actions. That is why faith without works is dead. If the Truth we say we believe does not come out in our actions it is evidence that we never actually believed in the first place. By following Jesus in the way we live is evidence that we have placed our faith in God. What is your life saying about your faith?

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