The Truest Truth

 
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Nothing that has ever been written, that is being written, that will ever be written has nor will ever have as much impact, authority, influence, and power as the Word of God. Nations have been built and torn down. People have been rescued and even murdered because of an individual’s or group’s propensity towards the Bible. It is and will always be the best-selling book of all time and it has affected countless lives, including my own.  

I wish I could say that I always loved the Word, that I was born with hands in praying position. But alas, this was not the case. I’d always been told the Bible was the Word of God and that I should read, love, and consume it like I would food, but I did not believe it. This truth didn’t shake me or change me.  I didn’t hate the Bible, but I arguably did something worse: I was indifferent to it. I was content with hearing the pastor tell me stories on Sunday that revealed some generally valuable principle for me to live a good life. I was content with living a life that showed no consequence of what I had “learned” the prior week. I didn’t have good or bad “vibes” towards God or his Word; I just had no vibes at all.  

That all changed when I was 14 years old. I remember that day so vividly. A woman came to guest speak for our youth group. She preached out of John 6:66-69:

“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” (NIV)

She explained many people just decided to stop following Jesus after he proclaimed that to have life, one would have to eat his flesh and drink his blood. She painted an elaborate picture of Jesus’ question in verse 67, expecting and hoping the remaining twelve disciples would answer with a definite “no” because in his heart he desired that they would not leave him the way others just did.  She explained that it was such a wonder that Peter was able to respond in the way that he did:

“Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God”. Then, with the strength and unction of her whole being, she said something that I’ll never forget: “If you KNEW the Lord, you would KNOW that you KNOW the Lord.”

It dawned on me that I did not have this knowledge nor any semblance of assurance that I knew the Lord. There I sat in the crowd, watching a woman preach a message like she believed the words flowing from her mouth. Her eyes were blazen with conviction. Her voice was full of strength while laced with a loving plea for us in the audience to desire to know the Lord.

My heart was pierced and cut by the proclamation of God’s Word and Truth. In the same way the crowds’ hearts were cut in Acts Chapter 2 when the crowds heard the Apostle Peter proclaiming the truth, I was pierced hearing the truth from a passionate, fiery woman. Slowly, a desire to know the way Peter knew, to know the way that she knew, began to well up in my heart and mind. I realized that I couldn’t identify with either group of followers and I could feel the Lord impressing on my heart a decision. On the one side, I could leave the Lord Jesus like the crowds did. On the other side, I could remain with Him like the disciples did; there was no middle ground on which I could stand...

There comes a moment in every person’s life (yes even yours) where this very decision has to be made with conviction and finality.  Where you decide whether you believe the truths espoused by different worldviews, celebrities, political opinions, and fallible people, or you believe the truth proclaimed and espoused by the Lord Jesus as revealed in God’s word. There is no half truth. There is no gray area. There is no middle ground.  

Dear reader, I encourage and implore you to consider the Bible as the truest truth and its author the realest God.  When you do, you will soon find that it is unchanging (Matthew 24:35) and that it reveals more about yourself than even you know (Hebrews 4:12). You’ll find that it will equip you to live the life that God has for you (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and is the primary means of sanctification (Psalm 119: 9-16, John 17:17). It is the very food needed for your spirit to flourish (Luke 4:4) and is even inseparable from God himself (John 1:1) (read the last two sentences replacing “it” with He” to understand what I mean).  

The word of God proclaimed for my ears to hear and stored in my heart to cherish changed my life. When that decision was before me, I chose to remain with the Lord Jesus. The Father’s deepest desire is for you to do the same.

Andrew Su is a sales engineer and product manager who lives in Glendale, CA. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology.

 

 
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