Psalm 143:10: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
When you ask God to teach you, he also asks you a question, which is: what are you willing to commit to the truth you will be shown, what are you willing to lose to gain the precious truth he wants to teach you?
What he teaches may challenge your preconceived notions; it may “blow” your mind away. And the way you respond to one level of truth will determine if you qualify for the next. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways than ours as the heaven is higher than the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9). But by teaching us his will, he bridges that gap. So we must be ready to be stretched. We must come with a good measure of spiritual hunger, hot in pursuit of the truth.
Paul said that compared to the excellence of knowing Christ, everything was worthless, nay, less than worthless. He said everything else was like “faecal” waste (Philippians 3:1-16). Compared to his connection with Christ, he finds all connections a trap; to be identified with Christ, he finds all other identities disgraceful. He was willing to leave all, leave his previous learning behind to be taken on a new journey into truth. Pilate asked Jesus: what is truth (John 18:38)? What a question to ask the one who is the truth. He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Pilate’s interest in truth ended with that casual request, but Paul’s was deep; he was willing to suffer for the truth he knows.
You value for truth is determined by what you can lay down for it. Paul paid the ultimate prize of incarceration and eventual death for his commitment to truth. He had grit, he had passion, but he also had pain because of it. But in heaven now he would have realised it was all worth it.
Those who do not want to be persecuted for truth do not have what it takes to receive it; do not possess the right level of committed to it; they do not deserve it. You cannot seek for truth and still want to remain the same, because it will change you, it will change the direction of your life, the conclusion you come to, the relationships you embrace.
It will change you inside-out. It will change your personality. Truth is not just something for you to reel out to the admiration of men; it is a life to be lived out to the glory of Jesus.
Jesus said we should allow our light to shine before men, because when they see our good works they will glorify our father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Our contact and connection with the truth in Jesus should produce that result.
After the ascension of Jesus, the apostles were running the church, and they disturbed the religious hold of the Pharisees on the people. They were queried, warned and flogged (Acts 5:25-42) with the intent on being stopped for being so radical for Jesus. They chose to be true to what they knew about Jesus, to the mandate they had from him, rather than to capitulate in fear to those with the instrument of oppression, repression and destruction. Their commitment to truth was tested and they passed.
They showed that truth is not just what you know but also who you are. The apostles spoke fearlessly when questioned by the Pharisees, boldly proclaiming the message of the gospel of the resurrection of Jesus. That was the truth as they knew it, the truth as it is. The only explanation that the religious leaders opposing them had for their amazing confidence was: these people had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). Truth to the apostles was not something to know, it was someone to be.
The truth of Jesus by the Holy Spirit changed them so much that they were not recognisable. There were able to effectively multiply Jesus everywhere in their lives. That is what is expected of us as Christians.
Truth is a person. The will of God is packed in a person- Jesus. He clearly told his people: if you do not abide in me you can do nothing (John 15:1-6). It is the work of the Holy Spirit to take of what is Christ and show it to us (John 16:13-15). Since the will of God is packed in a person, the role of the Holy Spirit is to unpack that person to us, to take us on a journey of discovery in Him.
The Holy Spirit has the role of teacher. He is sent to teach us all things, especially the will of God (John 14:26). His mandate is to glorify Jesus. He brought the focus on Jesus. If the will of God you claim to be doing does not have Jesus as the centre, at best you wrong, at worst you are deceived.
We need to recognise Jesus as the light. John said: in him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-5). There is no light apart from his life. If we will not recognise his person, embrace his life, we would lose out of his light and be in darkness no matter the label we put on our reality.
Many want to experience light, they seek for nirvana, they seek for enlightenment, but all are different forms of darkness apart from Christ. They need to come to the light of Jesus, embrace the fact that he poured out his life on the cross and he resurrected with new life for us.
They need to realise that we are made alive in him (Ephesians 2:5), and since he is light, in him we are enlightened, we are taken from the rule of darkness to the rule of light (Colossians 1:13). His light beams in us, shines through us. All our questions are answers in him as it is his best interest to show us his will, because it is then that we are able to walk fully with him.
- Evening Prayer 3.27.14: Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines & of Western New York, 1929 (dailyoffice.org)
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- “God demands more than coming to the Cross; He demands going through the Cross.” (foodforthespiritualsoul.wordpress.com)
- We Are Free Through Faith To Glorify God! (clcswmetro.wordpress.com)
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