Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
When I was in college I remember being on a quest for something real. It felt like the whole world was treading water, spending their time, spinning their wheels on unimportant activities. I was looking for something that matters. I felt getting an education to have a career to earn a living so that my kids could have an education didn’t make much sense. Their needed to be something valuable to live my life for, there needed to be a purpose in life that was truly valuable at the end of the day. In 1973, someone shared today’s scripture verse with me. That verse of scripture was like a laser that penetrated my soul. Jesus claimed to be the truth or the very reality of God. The word truth in greek is aletheia, it means the veritable essence of something, it means reality. I discovered that Jesus Himself was the reality I had been looking for, He was the very purpose of life that made all other purposes worth while. Karl Barth had some interesting observations on this very topic, here is what he said.
“The God of the Gospel, therefore, is neither a thing, an item, an object, a principle, a truth, or a sum of truths. God can be called the truth only when “truth” is understood in the sense of the Greek word aletheia. God’s being, or truth, is the event of His self-disclosure, his radiance as the Lord of all lords, the hallowing of his name, the coming of his kingdom, the fulfillment of his will in all his work. The sum of the truths about God is to be found in all the sequence of events, even in all the events of his being glorious in his work.”
After Christ became real to me, all of the other “insignificant” activities in my life took on new meaning. I began to realize that my whole life was connected, my whole life was spiritual. As the Lord became more and more the center of my life and focus, I discovered that actually my whole life was spiritual. Whether I was at work, at play, spending time with my wife and kids, the Lord was in the midst of it all. I could enjoy Him and glorify Him in the midst of all things. Jesus is the way into God’s presence, Jesus is the reality or truth all of us are looking for, and Jesus is life itself. Maybe it’s time to leave the unimportant and step into the reality of God and finally start living your life.