Are we awake or asleep? Do we pray through the night or complain like petulant children? Is it possible that the darkness surrounding us is a result of not owning up to the truth? Are we living in truth?
In answering these questions, let’s look at the following moment from Jesus’ trial.
Addressing Pilate, He said:
“You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37).
After hearing these words, instead of taking a moment to reflect, Pilate asked: “What is truth?” (John 18:38). He allowed Jesus no time to respond and left the room to face the uproar of the crowd.
What is truth?
To a certain degree, Pilate had suspicions as to who Jesus was (John 19:12), but because of the crowd, he chose to give in.
Let’s ask ourselves, Do we walk away from the truth because it’s an inconvenience to us?
Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). So, when we knowingly depart from the truth, we are turning our backs on Jesus.
The light of our lives
Jesus said that the light and candle of life are our eyes, and if single and in unity, our whole body would be transparent, bright, and full of light (Matthew 6:22).
However, He also gave a warning, If our eyes are evil, hurtful, degenerate, depraved, and filled with malice, then our whole body is filled with darkness.
If the light, or that which is known or manifest in us, is darkness, it would be immense darkness! (Matthew 6:23).
Serving two masters
Make no mistake, one cannot be a slave (voluntarily or involuntarily) to two masters or supreme authorities.
Jesus said: “You will either detest or persecute one, and hold fast, care for, and love the other, or you will adhere to one and disesteem and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
There is no middle ground.
Jesus makes it clear that even if it appears we are filled with light, appearance doesn’t justify the darkness inside us.
So, the question becomes: Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?
Psalm 24:3-6 – The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your Face, God of Jacob.
A moment of reflection
Jesus told us that “if we love Him, we will keep His commandments” (John 14:15).
He underscores that statement by reiterating: “the one who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me: and the one who loves Me will be loved of My Father, and I will love them and will manifest Myself to them” (John 14:21).
If we do not adhere to Jesus’ commands, then we are like the foolish builder who decided to build his house on sand.
When the rain and flood come (and they will), our house cannot withstand the storm, and great is our fall (Matthew 7:27). Instead of bringing glory to Jesus, our actions result in shame and disgrace.
A call to wake up and face the truth
The journey with Christ involves radical transformation. It isn’t merely a belief but a way of life.
He said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
The choice is ours.
So, it’s time to wake up, and look in the mirror and ask, “Am I awake to the truth of Jesus Christ?”