“You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News” (Colossians 1:23a NLT, second edition).
When you discover the truth in God’s Word, there are four things you need to do with it:
- Believe it. Colossians 1:23 says, “You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News”(NLT, second edition). The Bible tells us to believe the truth and stand firmly in it.
- Do it. Truth is not just an intellectual exercise. It’s something you do. You practice it. You apply it. You live it. You obey it. Before you start learning any other new truth, why don’t you start doing the ones you already know? The Bible says in Philippians 3:16, “We must hold on to the progress we have already made.”
- Stand for it. The Bible says we “must always stand for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:8b). Don’t be ashamed in a postmodern world that says it doesn’t really matter. Stand for truth. The Bible tells us our responsibility is to never oppose the truth but to stand for it at all times. We need to be people of truth in this relativistic age.
- Spread it. The Bible says in 3 John 1:8 that we “must support believers who go on trips like this so that we can work together with them in spreading the truth” (GW). What does that mean? That means you figure out where God is working, and you join him there. It means you go when he tells you to go and serve where he tells you to serve. What are the trips in your church that you can support? What is the ministry God has called you to? Obey God in this so that you can help spread the truth.
I’ll be honest with you: There’s a lot in the Bible that I don’t understand. And there’s a lot there that is uncomfortable to me. But the fact is, it is the truth. It will always lead me where I need to go, and it will always tell me what is right. Titus 2:7 says, “Let everything you do reflect your love of the truth and the fact that you are in dead earnest about it” (TLB).
Now you know the truth, too. What are you going to do about it?
Would you pray this prayer? “God, I’m stepping across the line today. Jesus Christ, I want to believe you are the way, the truth, and the life. I want to know the truth so the truth will set me free. I want to believe it. I want to do it. I want to stand for it. I want to spread the truth. I’m in! I’m putting my trust in you. In your name I pray. Amen.”