Let Us Hold Fast To The Truth

Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home. For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
— Luke 16:27–29

There is fear-mongering in some churches, which I don’t think is of the Lord. He is a God of conviction and freedom, not condemnation and shame.

But this, what Jesus says here, is not that. This is a warning. This is Him telling the truth in love. I don’t want us to miss this just because we don’t want to be shamed.

In fact, this could be one of the most freeing things we read.

For Abraham was talking about the Old Testament, but we have even more than that to draw from today. We have the words of Jesus — the Son of God. And we have the words of those who walked with Him and started the early church. The New Testament adds to the words of the Moses and the prophets.

We are resourced beyond measure with the truth. Yet, again, there is a warning here not to be overlooked — we must pay attention to the Word while we can.

When I think about it, it sounds crazy that any of us wouldn’t be devouring the life-giving, grace-filled, chain-breaking Word of God. If we really understood its power, we’d be memorizing whole books, knowing that it is our weapon in any spiritual warfare, knowing that it keeps us grounded as storms will come, knowing that it will correct our thinking when the world tries to distract us.

Yet we have an enemy, and he knows just how powerful the Word is against his schemes and for our advancement. So he does his very best to keep our eyes elsewhere, to minimize the importance of Scripture in our minds, to get us to think that there always will be time, that we can pay attention later. But he is the father of lies. His first lie was to Eve — “Did God really say…?” He went straight after God’s voice to her because he knew its power.

Let us decide not to allow the enemy to win this battle. Let us hold fast to the truth we have been given. Let us not run out of time. Let us value it for what it is worth in eternity.

Call to action:

Make time every day this week to get in touch with the Word of God.

Read for next week:

Luke 17

Sarah Ann RogersComment