I just finished a study on Truth with some faithful brothers. We looked at the questions; What it is Truth? and What is our responsibility to Truth? It was a powerful study however we did not fully address why as awesome as Truth is why there is still disunity and false doctrines that infiltrate the church and manages to keep us divided. We discovered that Truth is unconcealable yet not only do those in the world still abide in darkness, even those who confess Christ. I don’t think we emphasized the Cross enough and what it means to truly surrender. People say it and sing about it but seldom really do it. What does it mean to lay your life down? It means to intentionally surrender your concepts of life not based in the knowledge of Truth revealed by the Spirit and the Word. Individual ideas about what is right and what is wrong, what you need to live and even how you define yourself. It means to truly allow GOD to become your reality. This aspect of surrender is seldom emphasized enough. The issue is that until this is truly understood and accepted, men will never have the pureness of heart required to truly see GOD.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see GOD. (Matthew 5:8 KJV)
We learned that GOD is truth. This in context of the scripture above means until our hearts are truly surrendered to GOD, we can’t see Truth. The perspective or view of GOD will always be distorted from a heart never truly surrendered because it will always be GOD “AND”. The “AND” is the leaven which leavens the whole lump. No one can make another person do this, but the need has to be emphasized through love because the quality of all our lives suffers from the falsehoods and darkness still present around us.
Ultimately, we all have to deal with what it is we don’t like about the Word of GOD. What it is that GOD is requiring of us to surrender that we feel is unfair or wrong or we still lust after. Until we face the truth about that, we will cover it up with a false doctrine, a lie. It will be the stronghold where we resist the light and darkness still binds us. It will be the place where we are separate from GOD and thereby keeps us from becoming truly one with Him and therefore with the other members of Christ. The other option is to acknowledge that we have this dissonance, but choose to surrender anyway because ultimately, He alone is life, and beauty, and goodness. We were once made in His image and only knew true life, beauty, and goodness but our forebearers allowed a lie to infiltrate our lineage and we became alienated from GOD and that which is true. Our Heavenly Father is calling us back to our soundness of mind, the place where we agree with all that He says and does without reservation or question. It is the call to the loving cross of Christ. It is a call to surrender to true life again. As our study of Truth revealed, once we humble ourselves and incline our minds to Truth, we have to meditate in Truth until the reality of it saturates our hearts and manifest in what we say and do…. Until we, like GOD, become fully true and real.