What is your reaction when you are told a truth you don’t want to hear? Do you grumble and complain about the speaker? Do you attempt to deny the truth you’ve just been told? Do you attempt to twist it to fit your preferences?
I dare say most of us don’t like to hear unpleasant truths. In fact, we have come to a point in our culture where people twist the truth to be whatever it is they want it to be. We accept “personal truths.” Those truths are most often merely wants or desires or preferences.
Despite what most would prefer, truth is not a want, preference, or desire of our own. This is especially true of the truths of God’s Word. His truth is fact we can deny only at our own peril. God’s truth has been revealed in His Word and will be proven at the end of days.
Our choice is to believe His truth and live or deny His truth and die. It is an either-or proposition. This is not a physical living or dying, but a spiritual living or dying choice. Unfortunately, far too many have chosen to deny a spiritual life exists. They have chosen to explain it away with science. This is not to say science doesn’t have its place. Yet, science does not explain the spirit nor how we obtain an eternal life with God.
Jesus clearly puts his disciples on notice in today’s passage. He lets them know in no uncertain terms that our life on earth means nothing when compared to eternal life with Him. Yet we prefer this life over eternal life. If we don’t think so, all we have to do is ask ourselves how much we think about God, how much we allow Him to guide our every moment and answer honestly to find it is true. It is a hard truth we don’t want to face.
I pray we all accept the hard truth Jesus is teaching. I pray we strive to allow God to take more control of our lives. I pray we choose to follow Jesus’ teaching and obtain eternal life with Him. Accept the hard truth. Follow Jesus’ teaching. Allow God to guide your every moment.
John 6:61-64a Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.”