This week’s Five Minute Friday’s word is “Truth”.  Five Minute Friday is a blog hop where bloggers write for 5 minutes on a given topic.  The idea is no editing – just first drafts.  I like this challenge – it gives me a reason to write a bit more reflective.  This week’s topic is “Truth”.  I’d love you to join in with your thoughts on this word in the comments. 

Peter and I have two words that resonate in our hearts – that under-gird all that we try to live out and be.  We arrive at these two words from different places – but it is interesting that we come together with the same words!  Truth and Grace.

I’ve already shared about the idea of grace in my life and today I’m sharing about truth.

When I was about 20 I had just moved out of home to move to a new job (I was to move in and out of home as things changed in my life over the years).  At this time there was this one sermon that has shaped my faith ever since.  That sermon was on objective truth.

I don’t really remember the whole sermon – my clarity isn’t that clear!  But over the years this message has been the foundation of my faith – objective truth – regardless of what I feel, this is true.

Of course, by ‘this’ I mean: Jesus.  Regardless of what I feel the words of Jesus, the actions of Jesus, the truth of Jesus is true.

When I’m faced with uncertainty this is my anchor – regardless of what is happening around me, this I know to be true.

When I am faced with confusion, overwhelm, frustration, ignorance, – this I know to be true.

God is

Jesus is

 

This is what it comes down to: I have decided to believe – and for sure, there is some degree of faith in that.  I have never seen Jesus.  I have never heard a physical voice of God.  But my heart knows that they exist.  That they are true.

It is ironic that the age we live in is known for their information – we know so much, we can gain so much knowledge, so much information – and yet we are forever searching for truth.  People search for truth from within themselves,  and yet they know how fickle they are.  People search for truth in the universe and yet that also changes.  Truth is found in an unchanging God, and when we focus on Him for our truth statements – when we focus on him for the foundation of all that we believe and do, then we can face the uncertainties of the changing world around us with confidence and purpose.

The idea of Jesus as the absolute truth – that does not change – influences then how I see the world.  Each sphere of my life is shaped by this idea that God is truth.

  • My ethics and character choices
  • My relationships
  • My purpose and goals
  • My interest and intellectual pursuits

All of my life is based on my belief that Jesus is Truth.  This doesn’t mean that I pursue a monastic or ministry or church filled life.  But that Jesus, his existence, his words, his purposes become my purpose, my motivation, my stabliser.

Jesus is true regardless of what I feel.  And when this is deeply planted in my heart I can connect to that when I feel sad, overwhelmed, frustrated, unable, lost.  Regardless of my feelings there is one shining light ahead of me – and that is what I grasp: Jesus.  And when my hand grasps that I find strength, balance, calm, peace.

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