I’m guest posting over at (In)Courage today and would love to have you pop over for a visit. But first, let’s tackle a little issue called assumptions.
Oh sweet sister, to assume is to destroy the gift of clarity.
We can assume things are true when, in fact, they are not.
We can assume because someone is passionate, they must be right. But they might not be.
We can assume because we feel something deeply, it must be reality. When it may be very far from the way things really are.
That’s why we must always, always, always hold everything in life up to truth and ask for clarity. Interestingly enough, I think Jesus knew we would have issues with assumptions. People assumed Jesus came to be an earthly king and conqueror. He was going to sweep into their lives and right their wrongs. He would bring justice. He would rise to power. He would rule. He would enable His followers to proudly say, “I told you so!”
But that assumption was wrong.
It was not true. It was not right. It would not become reality- at least not yet.
Toward the end of Jesus’ life He was asked by Pilot to declare who He was. Pilot wanted to know if He was a true king or not. Jesus affirms He is a king. But, He clarifies why He came to this earth.
I find this dialog to be so fascinating. So, why did Jesus, Himself say He came?
To save us? To right our wrongs? To die on a cross? To provide a way for sinful man to commune with a sinless God?
Yes, but that’s not what Jesus said.
He said, “In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me,” (John 18:37).
Truth… absolute clarity. I wonder where I have made some assumptions lately? To let the truth shine into those subtle deceptions would be to take one step closer to Jesus. And oh how I long to do this more and more.