We Lie

If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

1John 1:6

I went shopping yesterday. 

It was a brief trip– I knew exactly what I wanted to buy from a leather goods dealer. 

Walking up to the display of purses, wallets and bags, I saw an array of other items on a table nearby. 

There was a tray of rings. 

They looked like beautiful gemstones surrounded by diamonds. 

Somewhat intrigued by how nice they looked, I actually picked one up and looked at it. 

Even though they looked so nice, I knew they weren’t genuine. 

They weren’t locked in a secure glass case, protected from would-be thieves. 

I knew if I purchased one that it would look lovely on my finger for a short time, but then it’s true nature would become apparent. 

After awhile, the finish on the inexpensive metal would begin to wear off and my skin would likely turn green in response to contact with it. 

They may have looked like something of great value, but on closer inspection, these rings were practically worthless. 

Our walk with the Lord must be genuine. 

If we are only claiming to be forgiven and redeemed, while we actually have no relationship with Jesus, we are lying and not really being truthful.

We may look “good” on the outside–our lives may seem to be in right relationship with Him–but when Jesus looks deep within our hearts, He knows if we are genuinely desiring to live for Him or not. 

If we are only pretending, we are lying and not living out the truth. 

Jesus is ready to accept us fully, just as we are.

When we repent and ask for forgiveness, committing our lives to Him, everything changes….

The Truth

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Walking along beside the water, I noticed them in a distance.

Today was the first time I had ever visited the park, so I was unfamiliar with the surroundings.

Two beautiful birds were swimming in the pond near some water lilies.

With my camera in hand, I walked a little closer to photograph them.

I was soon to be disappointed.

The birds that I thought were so lovely were—–plastic.

Fake.

Just simulated reproductions of the real thing.

One had been fabricated with it’s neck down, as though it was drinking or getting something out of the water.

The other had its neck up.

I had been fooled.

Although the artificial birds provided some aesthetic appeal to the otherwise very natural scene, I was personally let down.

Many of us have never encountered plastic ducks in the water, but we’ve come face to face with something we thought was true that wasn’t.

Spiritually speaking, it is quite common to hear that there are many ways to Heaven.

Doing this.

Doing that.

Following a certain tradition…

We find these words in the New Testament:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

—John 14:6

Jesus is the way.

He is truth.

He is life.

Life for us.

No one can come to God the Father except through Him.

Coming into a believing relationship with Him, we find this truth.

Have you experienced this truth for yourself?

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