The idea that TRUTH (and not just Truth, but THE Truth) should be at the center of everything we do is found in Ephesians chapter 6, when Paul describes the armour of God that every believer should be equipped with. The very first piece of armour, and rightfully so, was the girdle of Truth: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…” (Ephesians 6:14). In the ancient soldier’s armour, the girdle was the very centerpiece, and every other piece of armour on his body was attached to this. Remember, Jesus identified HIMSELF as the Truth embodied, when he proclaimed “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
There are three particular Scriptures which seem to speak to this idea. I want to share them with you today.
The first is very familiar to most of us, and is found in John 4:24: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” An important concept: it’s not enough to worship Him in spirit, but it must be attached to truth. In fact, this is so important, that the previous verse actually says that God is “seeking such to worship Him.” He is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth! Know this: while you are seeking God, He is seeking you. Be a TRUE worshipper!
The next scripture I want to share is found in Joshua 24:14: “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.” It is vital that we serve the Lord, not just in sincerity, but in truth! I know many people who are sincerely, but it is possible to be sincerely wrong. Your sincerity must be clothed in truth for it to be accepted by God. And I will tell you this: I believe that God is calling those that are sincere, hungry and thirsty, and will reveal the Truth of His Word to them. Let us continue to pray for this!
Finally, we come to 1 John 3:18, which says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” This is proof that love is a verb – an action word. You cannot merely SAY you love someone, you must SHOW (by your “deeds” that you love someone. It is significant that Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Did you notice it? We must have love one TO (not for) another. They KNOW it when we SHOW it.
Here is a summary of what those scriptures teach, and please notice again the emphasis on attaching TRUTH to each command: We are to WORSHIP in spirit and in truth, we are to SERVE in sincerity and in truth, and we are to LOVE in deed and in truth. Make sure you are connected to TRUTH in everything you do. This is what pleases the Lord!