"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,
which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Did you know that if you come clean with reality, your life will be transformed? Daily exposure to absolute truth enlightens the mind. It changes the nature in which we process circumstance. We think differently, we feel differently and we act differently. To think, feel and act is to live. When these three aspects are transformed, we can define truth as life-changing. Do you desire to think differently about certain unlovely people in your life? Do you long to feel content with the work of your hands and secure in your future which is in His hands? Do you wrestle within to act as one in whom the Lord delights? Reconcile your life with the truth.
I opened with the statement that truth is life-changing. All of us have different errors in our minds and because of them we continue thinking, feeling, and acting in error. Sin has our eyes darkened. But God be thanked that in the process of sanctification, we can confirm truths that make our relationship with God (and others) a miracle. For me, one of those truths was the reality that I can glorify God in doing something small, insignificant, and monotonous if I did it in the right motive, the motive that I love Him so much that I love those He has placed around me. My actions are rooted in what I ultimately love. He is not calling me to be Jim Elliot, Corrie Ten Boom, or George Washington. He is calling me to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly wherever He leads me. Believing that truth causes me to think about motives, not a title of fame. That truth causes me to feel satisfied in God, and yet longing more of Him. That truth makes me to act more loving in seemingly unimportant situations. That one truth changes so much in my life.
From tortured to triumph, truth is life-changing. Separation from God is the greatest problem resulting from sin. This is caused by the lie in our hearts. Only through truth can we be reunited with God. Without it we do not know reality. We as fallen mankind do not know God for Who He is. "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." II Thessalonians 2:10-12 Seeking ones can acknowledge His existence. Saved ones can trust His gift. Sanctified ones can break forth in discoveries of Who else He is. There is no conflict so great that the applied truth of God cannot quell it.
Through the ages many people, Christian and non-christian, proclaim,"The truth will set you free!" Few come to the context and perceive that truth is only found while abiding in the Word of God. "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.' They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed'." John 8:31-36