Dang it, I wish this was easier to write. I wish I could look away and pretend I didn’t see the things I saw, or heard, or felt. Everyone wants truth though, right? Or do they? Willow Smith’s insta bio summarizes it perfectly – “The truth will set you free, but first it’ll piss you off.” Accurate. The truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
What happens when we aren’t willing to keep seeking the truth once we’ve hit a wall that makes us uncomfortable?
What do we do when we realize there’s a truth we’re believing that’s not how we’re designed to live?
How do we move forward when the one thing we want, are fixated with achieving, determined to accomplish – is actually not in line with His character or Truth?
How well do we really know His word, and is that a reflection of how much we actually love Him?
Don’t worry, I’m sitting in the hot seat of conviction right now too.
Writing this, is me trying to move out of it, so here’s my public confession…
In my quiet time this morning, I was reminded of a conversation that I chose not to engage in, because I wanted to show love. What I realized is that instead of showing true love, I showed a convenient love. A love that was willing to sacrifice truth for comfort. That’s not the character I want, nor is it the character of the God we serve. Could you imagine if He chose to love us out of comfort? I certainly don’t want to – I mean…I giggle, but I can only imagine it would look something like this:
Jesus: Um yeah, Dad – I’m just going to go ahead take a break from this discipleship stuff. I just really need to find myself before I can like, be crucified.
God: Come again?
Jesus: Yeah, this whole crucifixion thing, it doesn’t sound very fun. So, I’ll like, be over here, chilling, keeping it lit with my crew and maybe we can figure out an easier way to fulfill your promises.
I’m really glad that’s not how things went.
We live in a world that has cherry picked the truth for the narrative they wish to live. We’ve acclimated to comfortable half-truths. Instead of facing the mental lies or falsely rooted agreements we’ve made and defeating them, we choose to tolerate them, especially when the work gets hard. Our perseverance for hard things has diminished. Therefore, so has our character. (Romans 5:3-5) As a society, convenience is king. We want the feel good acceptance of a convenient, comfortable truth – and most of us aren’t willing to wrestle through the icky to get to the whole truth and submit our lives to that alignment. Even if we choose to wrestle, will we make it perfect? Nope. The wrestling is a journey, a discovery process, but the whole truth discovered at the end of each wrestling match is more valuable than gold. When we choose to engage, persevere, and wrestle through the lie, we come out on the other side filled with hope, confidence, and strength to keep going. You better believe I want a character that reflects those things.
Renewing your mind is freaking hard, but the benefits on the other side, are incredibly worth it. The truth that we have to remember, that we have to pit everything else up against is, the truth of His word. It’s a non negotiable, and God’s call on our life is never outside His Truth or His Character.
So, no. I don’t want to write this because it pisses me off, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And I’m learning that my discomfort is a more than adequate cost for the sharing of His truth, and that’s the character space I want to live in. (Romans 12:1-2)
Let’s get ready to rumble.