Lately I’ve been spending time in quiet meditation of the “come let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18) sort, where a few scriptures have remained at the forefront of my thoughts and have proven very sobering by the questions they inspire. They are:
“I am THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life” (John 14:6)
“Walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7)
“Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ.” (1 John 2:27 GNB)
Meditations are aided by experience, such as my brief foray back into an institutional church, which gave me many things to examine and the effect they had on my fellowship with Christ and others. These have helped me to see more clearly the connection between my choices, actions and involvements and my unity with Christ.
Though simplistic, it is nonetheless helpful to break down scriptures like John 14:6 such as:
- He is THE Way; all other ways are dead ends.
- He is THE Truth; all else is deception.
- He is THE Life; all else is death.
- Since THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life is a person, Jesus, then every detour, every falsehood, every vanity I pursue, leads me away from Jesus.
Why then should I be surprised if when I take a detour, Jesus is not there when I arrive?
Or when I embrace a falsehood, someone turned off the light?
Or when striving to accomplish dead works, there is neither Jesus life in it nor time to live and enjoy my own life?
It seems to me that before we make a choice, or take action, or buy into some new and exciting teaching, it would benefit us to ask whether or not it leads to Jesus. By Jesus, I mean living Jesus who is the Great I AM; not historical (baby) Jesus or future (rapture) Jesus.
Several people whom I know are preoccupied with the rise of antichrist, tribulation and rapture teachings. When I’ve met them, I talk about Jesus and they begin jabbering, sometimes incoherently, about current events and speculating about the end times. You’d think they would question rapture teaching if for no other reason than it points to a speculative future Jesus, not the Great I AM (here and now Jesus). Clearly those teachings divert a believer’s focus from THE Truth.
Better to ask a few thoughtful questions and save ourselves a world of grief down the road.
Is this THE Way?
Is this THE Truth?
Is this THE Life?
Or better yet, combine all 3 questions into one: Is this Jesus?
These are the questions that tear down strongholds, destroy falsehoods, restore direction, cast down vain imaginations and put fear to flight.
If you should find yourself out of fellowship (union) with Jesus, ask where it is you took a detour and came to a dead end; what deception has robbed you of truth; what dead work has stolen your life?
And then turn around and run into the arms of the one who is THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life.