Study the Real Thing

Series: MasterClass | Week 10: Be Real

Day Three John 8:31-32, 14:6

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32 (NLT)

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 (NLT)

Learn From the Word
It's been said that federal agents who are trained to recognize counterfeit money are trained first to study the real thing. Apparently by knowing all about the real thing, it’s easy to spot the counterfeit. The same is true for us as we discern false teachers from true. Jesus tells us He is the truth. And when we truly know Him, the counterfeit is easier to recognize.

Put It Into Practice
Instead of spending your time trying to spot false teachers, spend it getting to know Jesus. As you do, ask and trust God for the ability to spot the falsehoods and half-truths of the enemy. God reveals Himself to us in the Bible, in creation, and in the person of Jesus. While reading Daily Bible Reading is a good start, make a plan to incorporate more of His Word into your regular rhythms. Studying whole books of the Bible is a great way to do this. Doing it alongside others is even better.

For Families with Kids at Home
Jesus says that “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The truth is that our worth and our value is not dependent on our actions. Instead, our value comes from the fact that God loves us and was willing to give up His Son to be with us! Knowing that truth frees us from having to be perfect. Instead, we can rest in the fact that we’re loved unconditionally.

In the same way that truth creates freedom in our relationship with God, the same truth can also create freedom in our relationships with our kids. When was the last time you communicated to your kids that you love them unconditionally – that nothing they ever do will add or take away from that love? There’s something powerful in knowing that you are loved unconditionally, whether it’s by God or by our loved ones!