Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Do you ever find yourself making decisions based upon the question, “Does this work for me?” I know I do: Which restaurant should I eat at, which diet should I try, what book should I read? Within limits, “Does this work for me?” is a good and necessary question as we make our way through the countless decisions of daily life.
This question, however, becomes problematic when we take it to a deeper level and attempt to apply it to the bigger, deeper questions of life, questions about truth and morality and God. We stop asking questions like, “What does God’s Word say?” or “What is the right thing to do?” More and more, we ask only “Does this work for me?” Does this truth work for me? If so, keep it. If not, change it. Does this morality work for me? If so, do it. If not, redefine it. Does this church, religion, and/or God work for me? If so, follow it. If not, create a new one.
To each his own, right?
The problem is, “Does this work for me?” is an extremely unreliable guide because it hinges on the word “me.” It’s all about me. It leads me to nothing more than what I want the truth to be, not what the truth actually is; what I want right and wrong to be, not what right and wrong actually are; what I want God to be, not who God actually is. “Does this work for me?” ultimately leads to confusion and chaos as we each define for ourselves our own versions of truth, morality, and God. Look around and you’ll see that confusion and chaos everywhere, and growing daily.
But into this confusion has come One who made this extraordinary claim: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus didn’t say “a” way, truth, and life, but “the” way, truth, and life. Jesus didn’t come to add to the world’s confusion by giving us yet another option for truth, He came to cut through the world’s confusion by showing us “the” truth.
Many are put off by this. Our selfish natures want God simply to affirm our decisions and definitions, not override them. But Jesus didn’t come to give us what we want; He came to give us what we need. And what we need is a WAY out of the confusion and chaos we have created, a WAY back to the God who created us. What we need is the TRUTH that each one of us is sinful and spiritually unclean and subject to the wrath of our holy God. What we need is the LIFE that God freely gives when, on account of His great love and mercy, He takes our sins and nails them to the cross, and takes Jesus’ perfection and credits it to us as a free gift by His grace through faith. This is far more than we could have asked for or imagined, but it’s exactly what we needed.
So now, ask yourself the question, “Does this work for me?” Absolutely it does! But even better that that, it’s working on you, growing you day by day in faith and hope in this Jesus who is THE way, THE truth, and THE life.
God's richest blessings! See you in church!
Pastor M. <t><