This week while I am on vacation, I am going through an old list of questions that someone once asked me. I have turned them into a quiz to help evaluate your Christian ministry. I have already asked questions relating to love, sin, attitude, and relationships. Today's fifth question has to do with Truth.
Jesus is referred to as the Truth in John 14:6. The Bible is called the Truth in John 17:17. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth in John 16:13. It is obvious that the Bible has a lot to say about the Truth of God. This leads us to the next question in our list:
What Do I Do With The Truth?
Truth is getting a bad name these days. It seems to me that more and more people are claiming there is no such thing as truth. Or maybe even worse yet, that there is truth, but you are extremely arrogant for saying that you know it. In opposition to all of this, the Apostle Paul was very clear to Timothy that the church was to be the place where truth was upheld.
"I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:14-15).
It is the job of every believer individually and then corporately to uphold the Truth of God. I remember listening one time to John MacArthur as he gave a list of what every Christian should do with the Truth of God.
1. Believe the Truth
2. Listen to the Truth
3. Memorize the Truth
4. Meditate on the Truth
5. Study the Truth
6. Obey the Truth
7. Defend the Truth
8. Proclaim the Truth
I suppose that list by MacArthur could make for a more detailed study in the future. But for now, do you believe the truth of God? Do you put yourself in situations where you are learning and listening to it? Do you memorize it? Do you meditate on it or does it just go in one ear and out the other? Do you study it? Are you quick to obey it? Do you defend it and then proclaim it?
Authentic ministry does not happen without Truth. I just hope that it is something that has so impacted you that you are moved by it in deep ways.