True vs. Truth
By: Danny Wallace
In Matthew 16:24 Jesus gave a simple message to His disciples. It is a message that modern Christian leaders adamantly sidestep. After all of our books, thousands of sermons, countless seminars, and our endless words of self-help propaganda are closely examined, we continue to by-pass this simple truth…
“Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let Me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”
When a man is broken – point him to the One who is perfect. When a husband and wife believe it is impossible for them to love one another again – point them to Jesus, the One who loves even the greatest of sinners unconditionally.
When you encounter someone who feels hopeless – point that person to the One whose every promise is true. When those who consider themselves more righteous reject you – take the hand of Jesus, the One who gladly dines with the lowest of sinners and you will find far better company.
Our way is no way at all. Our best efforts are no more than dead-end streets carved through the middle of nowhere in the darkest of night. Our best intentions are no more than just that – intentions. Intentions are like treasure and food locked in a vault while people around that vault are poor and hungry. Only when the vault of our intentions are unlocked into loving action do they morph into blessings.
When we advertise our gifts, testify of our calling, and promote our ministries, we waste value time and resources in failing to speak of Jesus, the only One who is worth mentioning. When we strive to lead – we fail. When we follow Jesus, the blessing for all, the unconditional love for every person, and the forgiveness for the least deserving among us, we have found the power of our true destiny.
We have nothing in, and of ourselves to offer any man, but Jesus has everything. On our very best day the greatest Christian leader among us is fragile and weak, but Jesus is strong enough to bear the sins of the world on His shoulders.
We are not wise – Jesus is wise. If the Holy Spirit of God has no purpose but to point all hearts to Jesus, why would we ever believe that our spiritual gifts and human wisdom have been given to us for any other purpose?
When we point to sin we do nothing more than glorify the deceptive work of the enemy that can be found in all of us. When we point to Jesus we glorify the freedom from sin that God has given to the entire world.
When we criticize others we become fools who say, “Look, the sky is blue,” or redundant prophets who point at a field and cry, “Dirt!” A man needs no wisdom, or gift of discernment to declare the negative that is easily seen by all.
However, when we say, “You are a Kingdom Treasure,” to a man who is so broken, and so sinful, that even the most common of sinners rejects him– we have called forth what only “he who has anointed eyes to see” is honored to declare.
Anyone who hangs out with Jesus must follow, and never lead. We are not driving this spiritual vehicle; Jesus is at the wheel. At our greatest moment on earth we are nothing more than a human compass that points to say, “Look! Jesus is here! Come, and follow Him!”
This is the truth. The truth is never complicated. When we follow man’s version of true we plummet over the cliff of endless chaos. When we follow Jesus, the Truth, we rest in the One who is the beginning, ending, and completion of our faith.