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Choosing Endearing or Enduring Truth?

I think a lot of times we think the truth should be endearing: you know, nice and sweet. It should taste like honey-covered gum-drops that never rot your teeth. When we turn our lives to Christ, we are called to face the truth of our lack, need, depravity, ineptitude, etc. and then see His grace, sufficiency, wisdom, power, etc. It can be a tough pill to swallow. When we face trials and trouble in this life, we have to embrace dependence, surrender, humility, and steadfastness because we believe that He who made the promise is faithful to lead us into fulfillment.

Lies scream at you to give in, but once you’ve seen the power of enduring truth, you can’t go back.

The truth is not always warm and fuzzy. It doesn’t always make sense to our natural minds. It’s often challenging of our presuppositions and indifferent embraces. Jesus said that if we obey His commands then we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. Sounds sort of forceful, right?

In the Rich Mullins song, Creed, he said it this way: “I did not make it, no, it is making me. It is the very truth of God, not the invention of any man.”

God gives us access to everything, but He still asks us to choose between our own comfort and following Him. It’s sort of like being approved for a credit card. You still can’t use it until you receive it and activate it, and you have to play by the credit card company’s rules. If they only activate cards by phone, you can search and search for a website, but it won’t work. God has approved you, but you still experience the truth in the way He prescribes. There really is a blessing for seeking, obeying, and living what Jesus showed us–total surrender; and that surrender of status, rank, position, class, everything– points us toward our destiny: Him.

Then truth works miracles in us because we are out of the way and we can experience His best. The amazing thing is, just like Jesus, the surrender is often painful and hard, but God restores. We come out smelling shiny and new, refined and ready to reveal His glory.

It doesn’t take much to gain a wonder about the enduring nature of truth. First off, you have the simple fact that these words and ideas  have been preserved over centuries and centuries. Beyond that, I marvel that I can study a scripture written so long ago and find deep meaning and application for my life today. I can hear a song written 20, 100, or 300 years ago and be moved by the profound nature of its declaration and spirit.

I wouldn’t trade the enduring nature of truth for that endearing, gimmicky “truth” any day of the week. The incredible thing is after we embrace, accept, and live the enduring truth that it truly becomes endeared to us. Those words now have deep reality behind them because you poured your heart and soul into believing and walking them out. They are special and precious, the outside worked in, becoming our promise and conviction.

We have the privilege to pursue enduring truth! I pray you know God more deeply and more intimately in these next days as you seek Him and find Him.

Have you found this in your life? Has hard truth become dear after you walked it out?


This is a reworking of something I wrote in January 2009 and is included in
Peter Pollock’s One Word Blog Carnival where this time the topic is Approved.

20 Comments

  1. His enduring truth is at work upon me and in me.. shaping and transforming me to His image.

    This is not my doing, but His. He gets all the credit.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..The Right to Condemn or ApproveMy Profile

    • Yes, He does. He gives me the choice and when I choose to seek Him, He transforms and changes me from the inside out. So good! Thanks Dusty.

  2. When I think of endearing, I think of nice, comfortable, almost the easy-believism that is so rampant. I prefer enduring truth. However, the more one walks with truth, the more it becomes part of you. I reckon then it can be called endearing. That is a game-changer then. Good food for thought Jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..SovereigntyMy Profile

    • Exactly. What I once thought of as “too hard to handle” is now a beautiful truth to me. I still have SO far to go, but what I do see puts it in perspective. Thank you, Bill.

  3. Once again a truth-filled post :-) Truth is no matter what it is I could want to hear, I’d still rather truly follow Him to receive what I need to hear. I want to activate the truth He gives, I want to choose to walk in it everyday. It would be so much easier if we didn’t have the choice to follow, would have saved me and Him a lot of heartache by now. But His endearing and unending love that gives us that choice to walk out His truth. I hope this rambling paragraph makes sense.

    • It does make sense. God’s choice to honor the free will He gave us is astounding. He wants us to know that love and grace and flow in the relationship He made us for. So incredible what truth does to us! Thank you, Philip.

  4. I have a friend who always say “The Truth hurts, but it will set you free.” I’d rather hear the truth any day, not just because it sets me free, but because it allows God to work in me. No, it’s not always easy, but getting hammered by God never is. Still, the alternative doesn’t appeal to me.
    Ed recently posted..Silent Women? No Way!My Profile

    • Hey, at least if I’m getting hammered, I’m changing, and He is the best craftsman of them all! :) Thank you, Ed.

  5. The hardest truths in my life have also brought the most change and healing. It’s never fun or easy to come face to face with a hard truth of how you’re acting and what needs to change, but eventually, when we walk it out, it really does transform us.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Embracing the BrokennessMy Profile

    • That’s what we don’t get so many times. We fight truth because we don’t understand, but we don’t have to understand (and 99.9% of the time, won’t understand) until we see His end and fulfillment. We need these reminders! Thanks Jason.

  6. I really like the way you contrasted “endearing” and “enduring”, Jason. Especially with regards to the subject of truth.

    Someone once said “truth is whatever you can get people to believe.” I don’t agree with that. I believe that is the definition of “popular opinion”. (which is most often fictional)

    Real truth is powerful. It can be painful and pursuing it can be quite a process. But for me, it seems to be the only thing that has the ability to bring lasting change.

    May God grant your prayer that we all come to know Him more deeply as we seek Him out day by day.
    Melinda Lancaster recently posted..Silent praiseMy Profile

    • Amen on all counts, Melinda. Thanks so much.

  7. Love this Jason.

    I’ll take the enduring truth because I hunger for the “real” even when it hurts. I’m in His hands, He knows what He’s doing.

    Thanks for this word.
    HisFireFly recently posted..ApprovedMy Profile

    • I misread your comment, but it sparked a thought in me, Karin. Isn’t that how God works sometimes? :) When I’m hurting, the fake doesn’t heal. At best, it can numb, but that’s not the best that our God has in store for us. Jesus prayed for us, “sanctify them with the truth, Your word is truth.” What a beautiful place to be. Thank you, Karin.

  8. To gain and grow with the Lord is to maintain our focus on Him. Nothing else brings true approval and acceptance from here to eternity. We need to not allow ourselves to sit in the comfort zone… unless He’s sitting with us. Otherwise, it’s being on guard, on alert, serving, seeking Him. Overall, nothing else counts.
    Joanne Norton recently posted..MY MOTHER-IN-LAWMy Profile

    • Amen. And isn’t it incredible how we can be uncomfortable in our natural selves, but at rest in our trusting Him? When I truly surrender that issue seems to fade to nothing. Thank you, Joanne.

  9. Found you today at the One Word Carnival.
    I do want Truth and not the sugar coated gum drops that rot my teeth! So aptly put!

    • Kinda leaves a mental image, doesn’t it? Ha! Thank you, Hazel.

  10. Not sure how I missed this one… Truth while painful, is the only way to find rest from within. I think that’s why we see the lost screaming at the top of their flesh while the saints have peace from within.
    floyd recently posted..LARRY THE LOSERMy Profile

    • And what’s the saddest, I think, is when we as believers live below that peace and joy. There’s no reason for it! He invites us into an experience of His love and truth and it will change us forever. It may be uncomfortable or even painful, but it’s so worth it! Thank you, Floyd.