What the World Needs Now — John 4:23

A hit song from the sixties proclaimed what the world needs now. As we near 202o, what does the world need now? It surely still needs love, but love by whose definition? Now, more than anything else, the world needs the Spirit and the Truth that the Word of God through Jesus Christ gives. The Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” The more I watch television and the more I read, the more I am convinced that very few appearing on TV or claiming to be experts on something know what Truth is. No matter what truths the Bible proclaims that for hundreds of years science has affirmed about the nature of human beings and the difference that makes, we have too many academics and others promoting the notion that people are whatever they want them to be or whatever the majority wants them to be or whatever a vocal minority wants them to be despite what others might think about the nature of reality as revealed in the Bible. We live in a world where many who want to be leaders in their respective fields of endeavor want to silence the truths we learn from the Bible and nature as created by God.

Perhaps by design, people trust less and less what they hear from those in authority, no matter what the topic or who claims to be the so-called “authority.” What the world needs now is Truth, the Truth of the Word of God, the Truth that is Jesus. What the world needs now is Christians with the courage and wisdom to stand by the truths they learn from the Bible as the Holy Spirit guides them, no matter what those of this world want people to believe. In John 8:44, remember what Jesus said to and about some of the most influential leaders of His day: “You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” In the 1960’s up to today and until Jesus Christ comes again, the world will bring forth lying leaders of the type Jesus described, and increasing numbers of people will be murdered from the womb to the tomb.

The world also needs Christians who are guided by the Holy Spirit according to the written Word of God. The Holy Spirit will never contradict what the Bible says. The world needs Christians who will love, act, and speak as the Holy Spirit leads them. Following the leading of the loving Holy Spirit will require much divine guidance and prayers for protection, for millions of Christians live in places where many of their leaders and neighbors can be compared to dogs and swine. The same is true today as in Jesus’ day, and in Matthew 7:6, Jesus warned Christians to be careful, saying, “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.”

The Father desires Christians who will worship in Spirit and in Truth. The world also needs Christians who will live and love in Spirit and in Truth. Through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, Christians will be enabled to share with some the Spirit and the Truth that they need to follow Jesus Christ and always be where Jesus Christ leads them.

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.