God’s Truth Is Mine it’s All Mine

      In an old cartoon Daffy Duck says, it’s mine, mine, it's all mine as he jumps up and down on Bugs Bunny’s head laughing like a wicked witch! Daffy was comically trying to take ownership over what he could not control. This reminds me of when I was 16 years old, I asked my father if I and a few friends could have an old 1939 truck. The truck had a single cab with no bed, just a frame and the engine was frozen in place. He gave it to me, and now it was mine, all mine. My friends and I wrestled with the engine and got it to turn over. We found an old battery and got the old truck running. We obtained some paint and we painted it. It was really ugly. It had no seatbelts and sometimes I don’t know how we didn’t kill ourselves. We drove it in the Mojave Desert too fast over too rough of terrain, and eventually crashed it into a deep dry creek bed destroying the front end. We did this because we took ownership over what we thought had little value because it was a gift. We therefore, ended up destroying the truck and as far as I know it is still stuck in a creek bed somewhere in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

      This same story is happening to God’s truth today. Christians and clergy are involved in trying to have ownership over God’s truth instead of being Christ-centered. To have ownership is defined as the state, or fact of being the owner. Christ-centered is defined as belonging to Jesus Christ. How can this deceptiveness happen, when we know God’s Truth is the Spirit of God and God decides how and when His truth is used? Christians cannot touch it, paint it, or drive it. Sadly we can hide it and destroy it within ourselves. In John 14:16-17 (NIV), Christ says, “…the Father …will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” Then 1 Corinthians 2:12, Paul writes, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit (of Truth) who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” This is where the term freely given confuses many. We cannot take ownership or separate the Spirit of truth from Christ!

      Then how can Christians assume they own God’s truth when God’s spiritual truth is freely provided to use as God wishes? These Christians must be making the mistake of believing God’s Truth is a material thing like the old truck. Maybe they have forgotten God is the author of life and the giver of everything (Ephesians 1:23 & Acts 3:14-16). All mature Christians can argue successfully that mankind has never had an original thought or come up with one truth. Everything, every word, every new invention, and every new idea was first created by God. To prove this John 1:1-3 (NIV) says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

      Years ago when I was flirting with becoming a Christian a pastor gave me a spiritual truth. He said all Christians have the tendency to create their own book of truths. For me it would be the book of David, and the pastor cautioned that people take parts of God’s truth called scripture, and domicile them in their own book. This is so they can develop their own truths. He then told me, mature Christians are those who have no pages in their own book, relying totally on the book of truth, the Bible.

     How do you know if you are trying to take ownership over God’s truth? Humans create hundreds of ways, but if you are answering the following questions in the affirmative, you may have an ownership problem. Are you trying to put God’s truth in your own named book outside the Bible? Are you trying to believe you know something about the Bible no one else knows? Are you trying to legalize Christ’s truth into laws or rituals?  Are you trying to put boundaries on what God can and cannot do? Are you trying to make salvation a step process like joining the boy scouts and working to be an eagle scout? Are you isolating scripture thereby taking it out of context, and then telling everyone this is how they have to believe?

      If Christians and their clergy answer yes to the above they can even change the Beatitudes into Me-attitudes, resulting in something similar to the following:

Blessed are those who are us, because others don’t know the truth.

Blessed are those who know everything and serve themselves.

Blessed are those who tithe but think that is all they need to do.

Blessed are those who say, “I’ll pray about it” but do nothing.

Blessed are the clergy who have gained notoriety and can rationalize richly spending upon themselves.

Blessed are those who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil for this produces nothing.

Blessed are those who keep themselves invisible and silent, so people will not insult and accuse them of anything. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for you have attained anonymity.

     If reading the above identifies some of what you are concerned about, you are not alone. Since the beginning of time, Satan has taken God’s truth and tried to take ownership over it, while most of the world doesn’t know God’s spiritual truth exists. This is one reason why Christ called Satan in John 8:44 the father of lies and why in John 18:36-37 Pontus Pilate asked, “What is truth?” when Christ said He “bears witness to the truth.”

We can never assume we have ownership over the Spirit of truth or we are plain Daffy. We are to boldly give “…light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:79). Why, because all truth is Gods, and it is our mission to feel blessed that we can represent God’s Truth in the market place of idea’s!

     Christians need to focus on joining the ‘Race of Faith’, described in Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV), “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  In other words it’s not mine. It’s Christ, Christ, it’s all Christ!  

David Howard Foxhole Ministry Billings, MT