It is easy to miss the truth if we do not search for it. Not difficult to let it slide by if have a need to rationalise what already is. We can skilfully develop a talent for not being able to separate the forest from the trees if our bent is justify our vegie patch rather than pull out weeds and nurture each tomato plant. In passive mode we can excuse rubbing oil into an old wineskin if we are determined to accommodate ourselves to what we have, what we have always believed and seen as the truth - even when at best it is a cunningly devised fable and at worst a lie.
If Jesus is more important to you than anything else – then the truth will be more important than what you’ve got. This is us taking up our cross and following Jesus.
We can possess a hidden and smug pride in attaching ourselves to something that sets us apart and gives us a supposed identity. Yet it is this attachment to our perspective that dilutes our honesty and justifies our living in a shroud that numbs our souls.
Then again we can be like the dead girl to who Jesus took by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Luke 8.54 NIV.
Richard Rohr writes, ‘The only people who grow in truth are those who are humble and honest. This is traditional Christian doctrine and is the maxim of Alcoholics Anonymous. Without those two qualities, we don’t grow. If we try to use religion to aggrandize the self, we’re on the wrong path. Humility and honesty are really the same thing. A humble person is simply a person who is brutally honest about the whole truth…The only honest response to life is a humble one.
We are living in a season of the advance of honesty and harvest.
‘Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn’ Matt 13.29,30 NIV.