Devotion, Nov. 30, The Truth
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:31-32, NKJV).
There are two basic stages to the Christian life. It begins with faith in Jesus. Jesus gives instructions to those Jews who had come to faith in Him. Stage two is to continue (abide) in His Word. Living by the words of Jesus will make simple believers into faithful disciples. Living by the words of Jesus leads to truth and freedom.
Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who lived 400 years before Jesus. He was known to be eccentric. He would carry a lantern through the streets of Athens in broad daylight. He would thrust his lantern into people’s faces and say, “I am looking for an honest man.” I don’t think he ever found what he was looking for.
The only place truth and honesty can be found is in the words of Jesus. He sets us free from the bondage of sin and the darkness of spiritual ignorance. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Follow His words and you will grow into a faithful disciple.
Father, I thank you that I have come to believe in Jesus. Help me to abide in His words that a may become a faithful disciple. I want to know the truth and the freedom it brings. In His name, I pray, Amen.