Reaction Or Response?

March 23, 2011

in Pastor's Corner

Truth has the uncanny ability to separate. The New Testament gives us many examples of those who come face to face with the truth and either respond or react to it.

The Scriptures reveal to mankind a truthful God who is concerned for us. In Titus 1:1, God is revealed as the “…One who cannot lie”, in the context of His gracious offer of salvation. But the offer requires a response and it is the response or the reaction that so reveals a person’s heart.

Paul’s insight, through the Holy Spirit is important here. In the Epistle to the Romans, hearts are revealed by responses and reactions to the truth.

There are some whose reaction is to suppress the truth they hear. Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…”

There are others who upon hearing the Gospel have a different reaction, that of wanting to try something (or anything) else. Romans 1:25, “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

Others, seeing the ramifications of believing God’s truth, put up a fierce resistance. They refuse to obey it. Romans 2:8 says there are those “…who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness…”

But what if the response of a man or woman is just that, a response not a reaction? What might that look like in Scripture?

John 9:35 reveals a precious man who was born blind. Jesus healed him of his blindness. The Sadducees put him out of the temple for his steadfast report of what Jesus had done. The story continues:

Jesus finding him said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.”

And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.

And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

And what about you and me? Have we responded to what God has done for us in Christ or are we reacting?

I trust that like the blind man we will see the glorious truth of the Gospel and truly see the truth from “the God who cannot lie.”