In the January/February edition of Christianity Today (a magazine I highly recommend as it spans a broad spectrum of issues…don’t agree with where they land on everything, but feel that they are fair in their coverage), there was a short article written by N.D. Wilson entitled, “Why Kids’ Stories Need a Dose of Darkness: There’s no Resurrection without Death.” Having read some of N.D. Wilson’s books & seeing the title of the article, I was intrigued.
I’m not going to explain all that was said in the article, go get a subscription & read it yourself! But I do want to make a quick comment on a statement that was made. Wilson wrote, “Christian artists should be truth-lovers and truth-tellers. More than any other consumer, Christian readers-and parents of young readers-should be truth-seekers.”
Reading this really grabbed me. Christians, of all people, should have a commitment to seeking out & delighting in the truth. So does this describe me? Am I a truth-seeker?
I am sure that we could all come up with a list of what we believe are marks of a truth-seeker…in fact, you should write one up! But here’s mine.
1. A Truth-seeker is COMMITTED TO READING.
There are no short cuts in pursuing the truth as a Christian. Christians must be marked by consistently reading & thinking on the Bible. Choose your pace, but read the Bible. Not only can Christians in 2014 read the Bible, but we also have access to other materials to strengthen the formation of our faith. So read & enjoy them as well. But never miss it, the primary way that truth-seekers seek truth is through reading the Bible.
2. A Truth-seeker finds JOY IN DISCUSSING IDEAS.
One of the most exhilarating times for me each week happens on Tuesday nights at my home. We have a home group that meets together to talk through what we heard on Sunday at our church gathering. During these times, I love being able to take time to reflect on what I was pressed to consider…but I really love hearing what others heard. The best is when someone heard what I heard on Sunday, they considered a truth that I did not think to consider, then they share that truth with us in our group, and we all get to consider the greatness of that truth together.
3. A Truth-seeker displays HUMILITY.
Humility will always be a key component for the truth-seeker because it keeps them from getting to the point where everything is figured out. That’s a cool aspect of truth, it can be too great for our minds to fully grasp. That’s the point where Paul writes in Romans 11:33-36, “Oh, the depth of the riches & wisdom & knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments & how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him & through him & to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
4. A Truth-seeker is DELIGHTED IN THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUTH.
The point of seeking truth is delight. The delight does not belong to the pursuit of truth, nor does it belong to the one who is pursuing truth. Instead the delight ultimately lands at the source of all truth. Truth leads us to God. Our delight is to be in Him. This is not duty-bound delight, rather this delight in God is the natural end of our pursuit.
So there you go, that’s my list!