The Price For Truth

So the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve to die. For he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” Then certain of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying: “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest.”’ Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah ever put him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and seek the LORD’S favor? And the LORD relented concerning the doom which He had pronounced against them. But we are doing great evil against ourselves.
— Jeremiah 26:16-20 NKJV

There is a cost involved in following the ways of the Father and abiding by His rule and reign. That cost, however, can never compare to the cost of Christ laying down His life for mankind by dying on the cross. He paid the ultimate price; nothing else can compare. The great contention we face today is no different from that of prior generations: millions of people follow their own hearts and make choices that please them. It is a life called “self.” That path leads them to the place where they regard bad as good and embrace evil as a normal way of life. They would rather live to please their own emotions than live to please the Father. At the same time, in contrast, there is also a righteous people who love the Father and have been delivered from a selfish mindset. They are intentional about following the ways of the Father, and live in obedience to Him. Sad to say, however, many who once related to the Father, called on Him, heard His voice, and even taught others about Him, no longer have a relationship with Him. They have turned away from Him and have allowed their traditional views to overshadow His voice. They have become blind to the truth and their ears are dull to hearing Him speak.

God our Father , in His love, continues to send His word in many different ways as a reminder for His people to make their crooked paths straight, soften their hearts to His voice, and draw near to Him again. One of the fundamental ways the Father does this is by sending His messengers. Remember, our Father is not partial and He never favors one against the other. These messengers are ones who have crossed over and chosen to serve the Father with all their hearts. They have become set apart, totally committed and devoted to His purposes. They made a deliberate choice to abandon the principles of the world because they have no eternal or spiritual value. They are passionate for speaking the truth and do not cave in to the emotions of those who love the ways of the world.

The Father’s words are always pure and always expressed through His people. Immaturity causes some people to mishandle what they receive from the Father, and they express it from their perspective rather than His. The same can result from pride, arrogance, unbrokenness, bias, and so forth. The word and the messenger should always be one. Messengers who try to follow suit in declaring something without it being inculcated in their own lives will surely be found out, and their falseness will be revealed for all to see. But then there are those who continue to grow into maturity, those who have allowed the Father’s hands full access into their lives. They have given Him complete reign to mold and shape them according to His design and desire. Daily they allow His word to shape their hearts so that change-bringing life flows out of them.

It is especially difficult to share the truth when it goes against the grain of common thought. Fear of man is a dangerous trap that serves to disable people from hearing the truth. Truth confronts and brings correction in love. It tears down everything disorderly and rebuilds it with order. Truth provides hope like an anchor, and there is no wrong. Truth is a sword that cuts through the tough muck and mire ensnaring the heart, releasing it so that change can occur. Truth is a hammer that breaks every yoke of bondage; a fire that burns up the chaff. Standing ground and becoming messengers who proclaim the truth can be nerve wracking because most other people have no interest in embracing it. Most of the apostles in the New Testament died gruesome deaths for proclaiming the truth, and often, their murderers were the very people who prayed and fasted in the synagogues. Over and over throughout history, the stubbornness of those who think they know Christ has caused them to become the greatest opposition to Him. For those who that carry the voice and message of the Father, fear is not a deterrent, and despite whatever might happen to them, the Father’s favor provides a just trial that always results in the righteous messengers being acquitted.