Creation proclaims Truth in a way that our intellects are wired to understand: there is God. Holy Scripture takes this fundamental Truth and expounds everything humankind needs to know: Who God is and what humanity is obligated do with itself. We have been gifted with the knowledge of Truth, a gift we do not deserve and cannot live without it. Yet, apart from God’s work, we naturally reject it and only want to play around with it.
Jesus made it very clear that all His followers must instead follow the Truth with complete commitment. There is no room for playing around or halfhearted devotion.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it…No one who puts His hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:23-24, 62)
This does make logical sense. A reality so all-encompassing as God could hardly demand less than everything from His creation. God demands individuals stake the scope and breadth of their life on Himself.
Since it’s hard for my finite human mind to understand this capacity of living to God, so it helps to break the idea down into bite-sized steps. Instead, I can think of it this way: God’s Truth always demands an appropriate response. The truth of God’s existence requires an appropriate response of submission. The truth of the gospel demands an appropriate response of repentance and belief. In Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill he explained to the Athenians not only the truth of God, but the appropriate response to the revealed Truth.
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” -Acts 17:29-31
Not only must we respond to Truth as a whole, but this is worked out by giving an appropriate response to every aspect of Truth. What does God mean for His children to do with the truth of His Throne of Grace? Draw near with confidence and find the grace needed. The mercies of God appropriate our lives as Spiritual worship to God. Every recorded detail of the life of Jesus matters- He reveals God the Father to us, tutors us in living the life meant for God’s creation, and demands the worship of every individual. We stake our lives on Truth by giving God the appropriate response to every facet of Truth He makes known. We refer to this idea more commonly as obedience.
These thoughts help me get my mind around the the practical essence of Biblical faith: Submitting entirely to God’s Truth by obediently offering the appropriate response in every situation.
Does it sound impossible for humans accomplish this? Absolutely. Without God’s gift of faith, we will always reject the truth and flee our obligation to God. That’s why it matters so much that Biblical faith is founded in God, springs from God, and looks to God- always, with no exceptions.