“When truth is no longer deafened by the voice of apathy, the results of our obedience . . . are immeasurable. What you believe and who you believe are crucial. In the end, they will determine the quality of your earthly life along with your eternal resting place. There is a truth, and, contrary to cultural opinion, truth is not relative. Truth is a Person whose name is Jesus.”- Heath Adamson
In Chapter 1 (“Beyond Belief”) of The Sacred Chase, Heath Adamson tells the story of Tilly Smith. On December 26, 2004, Tilly and her family relaxed on a beach in Thailand. Later, as they walked along the beach, ten-year-old Tilly noticed the waves coming in, but not going out. Because she’d learned about tsunamis in her geography class just two weeks prior to their holiday, Tilly dared to pay attention.
Although Tilly warned her parents, they initially dismissed her calls of alarm. But Tilly passionately persisted. When she ran back to the hotel, she noticed her father conversing with the security guard. He told the guard about Tilly’s observation. Immediately, the guard listened to Tilly’s voice and ordered people off the beach. As a result, no one at that beach perished when the tsunami hit.
Consequently, Mr. Adamson wonders, what if no one opted to listen to Tilly? Or, taking this a step further, what if Tilly refused to listen to Tilly?
However, Heath underscores, believing a lie empowers that lie to produce results in your life. Because what we calculate in our thinking often, quite subconsciously, literally shapes our perception of the world. But when you believe truth, that opens the door for freedom to reign. In John 8:31-32 we read:
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Finally, Mr. Adamson stresses, believing the truth represents the first step. Alone, belief isn’t enough to experience the freedom God created you experience. Like Tilly, you must take what you believe and do something with it.
Today’s question: What do you see as the immeasurable results of our obedience? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Your spiritual inheritance – found”