Truth Over Time
Brady Anderson played 15 years in the big leagues hitting a career 210 home runs. During those 15 years, Brady never hit more the 24 home runs in a season...except for 1996 when he hit 50, second only to Mark Maguire who hit 52 that year. So in 1996, Brady Anderson hit more home runs than Griffey, Bonds, Sosa, Thomas, Fielder, Thome, A-Rod, Piazza, Manny, Giambi...some of the best home run hitters in the history of the game. For one year, Brady Anderson was in the same conversation. Never before ’96 and never again after would he ever come even close. In fact, that 50 mark was the Baltimore Orioles team record until Chris Davis surpassed him in 2013.
One at-bat, one game, or even one season does not make a good player. Anyone can achieve one-time goals or have one-time success. But players that have the ability to be consistent day in and day out at a high level over a career end up in the Hall of Fame.
Our lives are designed very similarly. Anyone can attend church, read a book, go on a missions trip and give and serve the needy, but who can do that over a lifetime? What did Jesus want us to do over a lifetime? Did He come and die so that we could comfortably attend church?
In John 18:33, we see an exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate where Jesus explains. “33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this
purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.”
Jesus tells us the purpose behind his birth and coming into this world: to bear witness to the truth.
Now here’s the tragic decision that Pilate made and many other “Christians” continually make. He asked, “What is truth?” before he turned and walked away.
A few chapters earlier in John 14:6, “6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
So what is truth? Jesus is Truth. Many Christians become a Brady Anderson in the faith when they experience Truth for just a moment instead of seeking Truth everyday over a lifetime. Truth isn’t something that you experience once when you become a Christian. Truth is a life pursuit where we continually seek Jesus as He conforms us to His image. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus, not just a believer in Him. Anyone can find Truth. Pilate even looked Truth in the face. Let us be a people who day in and day out experience Truth over time.