It’s Time to Tell the Truth
“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:21-23
Do you know what REAL LOVE does? Love tells the TRUTH. Not just any old truth. Love tells THE TRUTH. Love tells GOD’S TRUTH, no matter how hard that truth is to hear and no matter the cost. Do you know what Jesus did when the really rich man asked Jesus how to get to heaven? The Bible says Jesus LOVED the man. What did Jesus do? He told him THE TRUTH. He told the man he would have to give up his wealth, take up his cross, and follow Him. In plain English, Jesus told him he would have to forsake all in order to have the greatest treasure in the universe – eternal life with God.
So what’s the big deal? Jesus didn’t sugar coat the Truth. He didn’t water the Truth down. He didn’t make the Truth soft, comfortable, and palatable. He didn’t hold back the Truth in any way whatsoever. And He was totally, blatantly rejected because of this. Yet He loved the man more than He loved Himself. He was more concerned with the man’s eternity than he was concerned with His own comfort and well-being. He loved God the Father and His neighbor as Himself, didn’t He? He was more concerned with the Kingdom of God and leading one more person into it and with where the man would spend forever than he was preoccupied with losing a friend, upsetting the man, etc. The man chose to turn away, but he had a shot at everlasting life because Jesus LOVED the man by telling him THE TRUTH.
How many of us can say the same for ourselves? How many of us are willing to share with others the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help them to become and be committed followers of Christ at any cost? How can we say we truly LOVE others when we refuse?
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