Devotion: Monday, May 14, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from John 17:11b–19 where Jesus says,

Jesus prayed, “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one… 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”

FOR UNITY, YOU NEED THE TRUTH!

In his younger days, Bob Barker, former host of “The Price is Right,” was the host of show called “Truth or Consequences.” On this program contestants were asked questions and if they gave incorrect answers, there were consequences. There was a penalty for getting things “wrong.” Now the consequences weren’t life threatening. They were comical stunts, a bit embarrassing, but all in good natured fun. And, at the close of every program, Barker signed off saying, “Good Night, hoping all your consequences are happy ones.” It was an instant and enduring hit from the 1940’s to Barker’s time in the 1960’s. And, even though it was more good-natured fun than actual punishment, the program was built on the premise that rang true in those days, the premise that truth mattered, and falsehoods have consequences. Truth or consequences, does it still matter today?

It still does, whether we admit it today or not. In our Scripture for today, Jesus isn’t joking around, this isn’t a game show. He is laying on the line. He knows that this is an evil world, a sinful world. He knows that sin and evil have consequences if left unchecked. He also knows that sinners, no matter how technologically advanced, no matter how smart we think we are, sinners are not capable of overcoming the consequences of our falsehoods. Only “Truth in action” for us can do it. And that’s what He is praying about here. His prayer takes seriously sin and evil, and it takes even more seriously the protecting, sanctifying power of Truth.

But here’s the key. Truth and Jesus are inseparable. He is the Creator and Savior of the World. He is the truth. His words, Law and Gospel, are the truth. And, His life, death, and resurrection are the enduring “truths in action” to redeem and restore you and me to Him. Take to heart today Jesus’s prayer to the Father for you. Jesus boldly claims that if a person “abides in His teaching, that person will know the Truth and the Truth will set Him free.” Let the words of the Scripture then fill your heart and your mind with the sanctifying power of God and let what Bob Barker could only wish for, that “all your consequences to be happy one’s,” let it be an eventual, eternal reality because of who Jesus is and what He has done for you, now and forever.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I know the world doesn’t think that there is real “truth” today. But, even in our vain intellectualism and pride, we see the consequences of falsehood all around us. Give me a hunger for your Word. Give me a hunger for You because you are God’s enduring truth in action for me. And with you there is forgiveness, freedom, wisdom, and eternal life. AMEN.

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