God’s Truth; January 3, 2023

Luke 8:10He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.'”

This is part of the mystery of God’s plan. I don’t think anyone can say definitively why some people have tender hearts toward God’s truth and with others it’s like water on a duck’s back. Paul uses the term, “predestined,” and there are places that seem to say some people are created for destruction. How does that fit with the image of our loving Heavenly Father? I don’t think we can ever resolve that completely. Bill Whittle says we don’t have the “mental horsepower” for it, which is true enough, but the issue is even deeper than that. God knows our hearts, so He knows who will absorb His truth and who won’t. I think it always comes back to personal responsibility. If we want to know more of God, then we need to be committed to accept what we learn and act on it, not just “put it on a shelf” as part of our “library.” It fits in with another famous saying of Jesus: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6) We need God’s wisdom and perception as we share His truths, because some people will react violently to them – as can actually be seen in society around us today. This is particularly important in persecution situations, but at the same time, we never know when God will use our words to convict someone of their own need for salvation, and turn them from a persecutor to a brother. That’s why Jesus told us repeatedly to pray for those who persecute us. At the same time, we need to rejoice that God has allowed us to know however much we do know, and seek always to go deeper with Him, absorbing and applying His truth for His glory.

This is something I have struggled with. As someone with Teacher gifting, I tend to feel that just putting the truth out there should be sufficient, but that directly contradicts what Jesus says here. I need to come alongside people and help them recognize the truth for themselves. That’s what Coaching is all about, and it can be very difficult for a Teacher. I am never to stop sharing God’s truth, but I am always to seek God’s wisdom and guidance as to when, where, how, and with whom I am to share it. And again, as I’ve already touched on, I need to be careful that I am applying that truth in my own life. It certainly does me no good if I just transmit and don’t absorb. The truth remains the truth, but there is no life in it for me if I don’t take it personally. As I have said many times, I think James 1:22 was written expressly for me, though it applies to every believer: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” I desire to be effective in the teaching for which I was gifted, but to do that I have to listen to the truth that comes through me and apply it in my own life.

Father, thank You for this reminder. May 2023 be a year of applying the abundant truth You have poured into and through me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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