As we navigate through life, it’s easy to get swayed by lies and deception. The world is filled with falsehoods that threaten to undermine the foundational truths of our faith. But as followers of Christ, we must stand firm on the unchanging truths that have been revealed to us in God’s Word.
Today, I’d like to focus on the importance of holding fast to the truth, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it may be. The Bible tells us in John 17:17 that God’s word is truth. It’s a powerful statement that reminds us of the sanctity and authority of Scripture. But what does it mean for us as believers?
For starters, it means that we must prioritize studying and meditating on the Bible. We cannot rely solely on our own understanding, instead we should immerse ourselves in the Word of God to gain a deeper understanding of what truth means. It’s also important that we share these truths with others, even when it’s not popular or convenient. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be witnesses for Christ and to spread His revelation of truth far and wide.
But what about when the truth is painful for us and hard for us to accept? or what should we do when other people challenge or attack our God-given beliefs? In this situation, it is essential to purposefully hold more tightly to the truth. James 1:12 offers us encouragement, saying, ‘Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.’ This verse reassures us that it is normal for struggles to come and encourages us with the promise that perseverance in the face of these trials brings spiritual rewards.
When we find ourselves struggling with the truth, or our convictions are tested, it’s a reminder that our process of becoming like Christ is an ongoing journey. Romans 12:2 guides us in this process: "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Truth must be maintained. It involves a renewing of our minds, a conscious effort to embrace God’s will over worldly influences.
Philippians 2:5 instructs us, ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.’ If Paul encourages us to cultivate a mindset like Christ, it must be possible for us to do. We too can have a mind of humility, obedience, and sacrificial love. To embrace this mindset means actively reshaping our thoughts, attitudes, and actions to align with Christ’s example.
By committing to this journey of transformation, we not only uphold the truth but also grow in our likeness to Christ, reflecting His love and righteousness in all aspects of our lives. This commitment is necessary for a life that truly honors God and demonstrates the power of His truth to the world.
Friends, we must remember that true strength and courage come from holding tightly to the truth, even in the face of opposition. Let us commit ourselves to being "stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord," knowing that in doing so, we will receive the greatest reward.
May we be a people who are known for our unwavering commitment to the truth, and may it inspire others to do the same.