“This might be even more important than truth.”
That thought has been running through my head the last few days – which may unsettle some of you, given the position I hold (pastor/counselor) and the type of ministry I do. But let me tell you where this originates.
I believe, without any reservations, that God desires truth in my inmost being (Psalm 51:6); that the transforming of my mind (Romans 12:2) involves more than just the addition of cognitive knowledge; and that the Holy Spirit is the only person who can really lead me into all truth (John 16:13-15).
I also embrace that much of the struggle of the “double-minded man” (James 1:8) is rooted in the battle between what I “believe” based on my accumulation of knowledge (including biblical knowledge) and what I “believe” based on how I have interpreted the events of my life. The oft-heard phrase, “I know I shouldn’t feel this way but I do” only serves to highlight this turmoil (at least to me) and the importance of cooperating with the Lord in getting truth to my inmost being.
See all the emphasis on the word “truth”? So what could possibly have me thinking anything might be more important than truth? Well, it was something a man said to me:
“I don’t buy into all this psycho-babble. Like any intelligent person, I can tell the difference between right and wrong. And I just need to work harder, try harder to do what’s right.”
So while I am thrilled in ministry sessions when people receive specific truth from the Lord that displaces the lies and deceptions in their inmost being – even more important than the truth they receive may be their acknowledgement that they cannot do life on their own and need to actually receive truth from Him and Him alone.
Call it surrender; call it cooperation; call it availability. But whatever you label it, until it occurs, the deception of “I can do this myself” will fundamentally block the truth from ever taking residence in the inmost place.
“I can do this myself, God.” I suppose the reality that mankind often believes that to be true might one big reason He gave us the Ten Commandments; boy, did He prove us wrong!