Thursday, August 09, 2012

We Need to Live the Truth

For those who follow Jesus the purpose of truth is to spur action.  If we are not acting on the truth that we have learned then we are not really following Jesus. To be a disciple of Jesus requires action and not just the acceptance of a list of facts.

Perhaps this is where we have to take a hard long look at our lives.  It is easy to debate with people about what the truth is, about facts and figures, but it is hard to live out the truth that we know.  A person who has had a heart attack knows that it is best to change his eating habits and exercise more, but it is hard to do.  Knowledge doesn't translate into action.  That is why faith without works is dead, otherwise it would be knowledge.

Knowing and debating is easy and living out what we say we believe is hard, but what is going to have more impact on the Kingdom of God?  William Barclay wrote, "The world is full of talk about Christianity, but one deed is worth a thousand words."  Are deeds, the way we choose to live, make all the difference.

I have been around long enough to realize that while intellectuals debate the average person is forgotten.  This is not to say that the work of the scholar and the apologist is not important, because it is and I love to hear what those people have to say, but more often then not those things go over the head of the average person.  The average person wants something that makes sense of their life right now, and too often the intellectual doesn't have it.

That is why it is so important for us to live the truth.  Our lives provide the context of what it means to live a life of faith and to follow Jesus.  It will make people stop and wonder, and a few will even begin to desire the type of life that we have.

Peter wrote:
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ (1 Peter 3:15-16, NLT).
When we live the truth not only will people be drawn to Jesus, but they will also be open to asking questions.  That is when they are ready to receive the truth that we have for them, until then they are interested in whether or not following Jesus works. May we live lives that show the world that it does.


Min.Dre said...

Excellent Blog...This is one reason why I am so thankful for the pruning process in my walk with Christ right now. I am tested and tried all the day long about my integrity and character in Christ. Meaning I need to live as I speak. Making and keeping the word of God principal in my life is paramount..There must be no other about the word of God. hence why the scripture say we must worship God in spirit and in truth...the truth is the action...Why do you call me Lord and not do what i say...

Paul Steele said...

Truth is the shears God uses for the pruning. Hopefully we all listen to what He is saying and apply it to our lives.

lisa croker said...

Great post as always! I am behind on your blog and I'm catching up today ;)

This is so neglected in today's Church. We have become the white washed tombs... say the 'right' thing and do the opposite.

Change starts here!

Paul Steele said...

Thanks Lisa for reading and commenting! You are right it is easy to talk the talk, but it is hard to find people who walk the walk.

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