I remember talking with one of my alumni after hearing she had gotten married a few years after college. This couple had been married for almost a dozen years and had an infant son. I asked, “So tell me about your husband. How does he treat you as the love of his life?” An awkward silence was followed by, “So far, he does.”
Ouch. That underwhelming response was followed by a description of their struggling marriage and a few questions about their options to strengthen what sounded to be an up-and-down relationship. They apparently had gotten married without any pre-marriage counseling and preparation for life together. They saw each other with rose-colored glasses and thought a wedding ceremony would cover for extreme differences in how they saw life, the role of faith, child-rearing, financial stewardship, and even common values.
I recall an interview by Josh McDowell where he characterized young people coming to Christ as “those who saw Jesus as the best thing that has come along so far. As soon as something comes along to grabs their attention and appears to be better, they are latched on and gone.”
I am sure all of us have a friend like this. Christianity is a “flavor of the month,” for example. A month later, they may be into Scientology; last semester they were into saving the environment; last year it was fantasy football. They always say they hope to find the truth, but they add that they believe truth is a relative thing, and after all, what really matters is how you feel…right?
Scripture says that Truth is a Person. Jesus stated that He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Further, the writers of Scripture declare that when we find the truth and mature in the faith (or practices of Jesus’ Kingdom) “we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
Read 1 John 3:1-10.
As followers of Christ, we can have the solid assurance that what God says in Scripture is authentic and trustworthy. We know that God loves us because he made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins on the cross (1 John 4:9-10). We know that due to the work of Christ on our behalf, we will spend eternity with God (John 3:16). We also know the Holy Spirit is given to us as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance in Christ, that He lives in us, and empowers us for Christ-honoring living (Ephesians 1:14, Romans 5:5, 8:11).
I remember many students who said they wanted to sample the “buffet of religious options” on campus and rarely did. They were trying to find answers to deep questions they intuitively knew they wrestled with, but were often not sure where to go to find them.
The apostle Paul taught that, “the Holy Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16). As we obey the Spirit each day, seek His will and empowerment, walk uprightly, and enjoy our blood-purchased relationship with our Father in heaven, we will find that God is not just the best thing so far, but the best thing today, always, and forever.
Think theologically. Truth is a Person and you can’t beat knowing the One True God.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz