PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• There are certain truths about ourselves that we know, and certain truths we know about others.
For instance, I’m a chronic morning sneezer and unfortunately, I’m not one of those girls with a delicate, petite, quiet sneeze.
In fact, there is nothing subtle about them and I tend to sneeze in multiples (the number varies but my mom once counted 36 in a row before I stopped).
My husband hates being startled awake by my sneezing and once the morning sneezes start, he will beg me to stop so he can sleep.
That is a truth about me and a truth about him.
We all have our own truths, but one thing that annoys everyone is when people put labels on us that they claim are true when they really aren’t.
Let’s put a pin in that and come back to it.
In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
It’s an authoritative declaration without any room for ambiguity.
It’s Jesus’ truth.
And it’s the Bible’s truth.
The whole of the Bible points to this fact.
Jesus is the way to God, heaven, and eternal life.
There are no detours or side streets to take.
And yet, we want to alter His truth.
Let’s pull that pin out from earlier.
If misapplied labels of untruth cause us frustration, exasperation, hurt, and even anger, can you imagine how disappointed and frustrated Jesus must feel when it’s done to Him?
After all, He was pretty clear about it.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Really, what’s not clear about that, right?
Yet, our culture wants to redefine the Word of God.
Our society wants to antiquate Christian morals and values and relegate them to the attic of our nation.
Out of sight and out of mind.
We want to define our own truth and we’re even arrogant enough to decide that we can make up our own rules about how to get to heaven.
We are no better than the people in Genesis 11 who attempted to build a tower to reach heaven.
Who do we think we are?!
As one of my favorite authors, Francis Chan, once wrote, “When we create our own universe, we can make the rules.”
But God is the Creator of our universe.
And it’s His way.
And His Son declared it—“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
That truth is timeless.
We can keep trying to build the tower, but just as the citizens of Babel learned, God will not be undermined by human attempts to redefine His ways.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being all He said He is and more.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to live the one truth—God’s truth—without worry if the world says you’re wrong.
Be confident in the truth declared by our Creator and Savior.