The world is extremely lacking in truth and integrity more so now than ever. Recently I viewed a video of people being interviewed that were attending a climate rally. Each person questioned really could give no real answers as to why they believed what they did and what they were intending to do to bring about environmental change. One gentleman when questioned admitted that he had a cellphone, car, and had flown on a jet to attend the rally. When asked why he doesn’t give up his conveniences he basically said that he did not want to give up his stuff/life. Hypocrisy at its finest. The scripture from 1 Kings chapter 3 verses 16-28 have been milling around my head today.
“Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us. “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king. The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
One clear suggestion of a cause or religion that is false is that there are selfish motives. Is there a hunger for power, money, and control behind the cause? Always take a very close look.
The greatest way that truth shines is by sacrificial love. What are we willing to give up for our family, for our “cause”, for our faith? The TRUE mother of the child was willing to sacrifice her desire to raise her own son in order to preserve his very life.
Sacrificial love of a mother that is willing to go without a meal in order to feed her children. A husband that shields his wife with his own body in a tornado. A church/religion shows it’s truth by its service to others. Death threats to convert people to your way of thinking is FAR from truth. There is nothing but selfish gain of control and power behind a cause that is intending to hurt others for not thinking the same.
Love in its truest form is the love God has for us. We were created to have a loving relationship with God. Because God gave freewill to mankind the curse of sin entered the world separating us from Him and His love. The greatest sacrifice known to this earth is the fact that God left His glory in heaven to walk upon the earth as human being resisting all temptation to sin Himself. His purpose was to be the payment for our sins that separated us from God. After the most gruesome death known to man and fulfilling all prophesies He died on the cross. Three days later he arose proving that He is God, the one true living God. It is sacrificial love that proves truth to me.
God frequently puts the question of “Are you willing to give everything for me?” in my heart. A constant reminder that is hard, but so very needed to keep my love in check. Am I true? Am I passionate with true purpose? Am I willing to sacrifice out of love as Jesus sacrificed for me? I may or may not need to face death in order to stand firm in my faith, but it is a heart surrender everyday. My children are God’s, my possessions are God’s, any skill or talent is God’s…where is the truth of my own heart?
“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16