The Call of the Truth Seeker
The noble pursuit of actuality. For those that are willing.
But most aren’t. Simply because it requires work. A lot of it. It requires us to question what we’ve been taught, what we’ve been told, what we WANT to be true. It can be painful, rewarding, exhausting, and refreshing. Often at the same time.
Admittedly status quo is easier. It’s the broad path littered with tradition, sentiment, familiarity, bias, and complacency. The gate at the end is wide, herding in the masses.
Truth, in contrast, resides on the straight and narrow path. A perilous path. A path that few find. Not because it’s purposefully hidden, it’s right there mind you, but not in plain sight. The journey must be chosen, the path discovered. Less traveled, it’s no easy task.
And to find it we are required to leave the path we started on. Born with flesh intent on leading us astray, no one is fortunate enough to begin on the narrow path. We must consciously choose to leave the path of least resistance. It’s a decision that appears counterintuitive. There’s so many people on the broad path how can there not be something worthwhile at the end? But that’s just it, there’s not. Destruction wears a cunning disguise.
This contrast is expressed by Jesus in the oft quoted Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Choosing to follow Jesus, or at least believing what he says (is there a difference?), is the first step a truth seeker can take, as Jesus is the narrow gate, his ways the straight path. He said as much in the Gospel of John. John 14:6 “…I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except THROUGH me.” Notice he didn’t say he was A way, A truth, or A way to obtain life, but rather THE way, truth, and life. The, as in THE only.
If His claim is to be believed then this is where truth ultimately resides, in the person of Jesus. Specifically in his words, his teachings, instructions, and commandments. And not just those recorded in the ‘New Testament’, but all of Scripture. The Apostle John declared that Jesus himself was the Word in the flesh. John 1:1,14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”
Connecting the dots, the Word of God, is the truth seeker’s guide. The Psalmist declared it on multiple occasions. Psalm 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgements endures forever.” Psalm 119:151 “You are near, O Lord, And all Your commandments are truth.”
Unfortunately for many believers the pursuit of truth begins and ends with their confession of faith. The acceptance of Jesus ‘into their heart’. They made it to the path, and that’s good enough for them. It’s time for Jesus to take the wheel. It’s time for others to feed them the truth. The Word stays on the shelf, dusty and untouched. But what good is it to make it to the path only to forgo the many treasures that await by continuing the journey? Yes, we have been given a guide (Holy Spirit) that will lead us through the valleys of confusion and despair, but the personal responsibility remains.
And that’s what truth seeking boils down to. Personal responsibility. Either you embrace it or you don’t. It’s a conscious choice. A daily grind. Because deceit is everywhere. And it’s not so easily recognized, because the author of deception is a cunning snake, figuratively and literally.
That’s where you come in, if you want the truth that is. The truth seeker has an open mind, but a guarded heart. Admitting the more they think they know, the less they really know. They have the humility of a servant but the persistence of a hero. They scrutinize but don’t make it personal. Knowing that not everyone is at the same point on the journey or even the same path for that matter.
So, this is a call to those who truly desire the truth, that choose to travel the path of MOST resistance. Never stop asking. Never stop seeking. Never stop knocking. Doors will be opened that remain locked for the unwilling. Much like the free gift of salvation which must be personally accepted and lived out in order to be fulfilled, so too must the truth seeker’s journey.
The invitation awaits, how far you travel is up to you.