The Truth Walk
“For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:3 (ESV)
I recently received a devotional that was based on 3rd John and it started by focusing on a Macedonian man named Gaius. You may remember him from the Book of Acts (19:29) after Paul gets the silversmith’s of Ephesus a bit upset about the worship of someone named Diana being sorta kinda…wrong! Gaius, along with Aristarchus, had been traveling with Paul and in a “guilty by association” manner it is thought that these men may have been “thrown to the lions” all because Paul had spoken out against the worship of the popular goddess. Gaius must have made it through the ordeal as he gets an honorable nod in Romans 16:23 for his great hospitality to the church as a whole…not too shabby. (As a side note here; there are three men named Gaius in the NT. One of Derbe, and of Macedonia, and of Corinth)
Anyway this devotional went on to declare that the truth was in Gaius and that he walked in truth. If the first part hadn’t been the case the second part would have never happened. Then it said that if the second couldn’t be said of Gaius then the first would have been a mere pretense. “Truth must enter the soul, penetrate and saturate it, or else it is of no value.” I stopped to ponder that statement for moment and wondered if truth has saturated my soul let alone penetrate it. Sometimes things in my life happen, they take me back to the crossroads and I begin to question how much I allow “TRUTH” to reign in my life. I am at those crossroads again, funny how this devotional arrived right on time, huh?
This devotional went on to say, “In us truth must be a living force, an active energy, an indwelling reality, a part of the warp and woof of our being. If it is in us, we cannot then part with it. A man may lose his clothes or his limbs, but his inward parts are vital and cannot be torn away without absolute loss of life. A Christian can die, but he cannot deny the truth.” It’s funny how there is mention on how a man may lose clothing or body parts, Jesus once said, “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matt 5:30) I have used that illustration from time to time to say that some things need to be cut away so truth can survive.
In today’s verse we can hear the joy that John has for these preachers who went around spreading the same Gospel message, the same truth of grace, the same sincerity, and the same integrity of faithfulness that was contained in him. It was all about being able to walk in the Master’s footsteps and these men in John’s time got it and there was joy in it. Today, under the banner of Christian, we seem to have allowed those footsteps to take on a whole different direction and whatever is perceived a truth to one should be a truth to all. Unfortunately those footsteps walk down a path that tear the body apart…whether there is truth or not!
Now by design whatever is going on inwardly should be displayed outwardly, kinda like a lantern, so if “TRUTH” is kindled within us its brightness should shine for all to see. But at times we think a lamp shade is needed to help the light along…or worse, maybe to keep the world from seeing it at all. This devotional ends by saying, “We may judge the secrets of the soul by their appearance in the man’s behavior. Today, O gracious Spirit, let it be ours to be ruled and governed by Your divine authority, so that nothing false or sinful may reign in our hearts, in case it should extend its malignant influence to our everyday lives in the community.” Thank you Alistair, for your timely devotional. – Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “To walk in the truth conveys a life of integrity, holiness, faithfulness, and simplicity-the natural product of those principles of truth that the Gospel teaches and that the Spirit of God enables us to receive.”—Alistair Begg
Verse to Memorize: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.—Hebrews 12:1-2