Truth Precedes Change

Encountering truth always results in a need to change.

Learning is the result of cognitive dissonance. This is the difference between what you know and what you believe you need to know. When there is a distance between knowledge and need, learning can take place.

You might not see the need to change because you don’t see a difference between what you know and what you need to know. In other words, you think you’re fine just the way you are.

Truth, however, has a way of reminding us that learning and change is needed. That’s how Jesus helped people see their need for change—He introduced truth and they responded with a desire to change.

It’s easy to settle into a way of life that resists truth. It’s not that you don’t want to know the truth; it’s just easier to stay the same than it is to change. When you encounter truth, you will change. You can’t embrace truth and stay the way you are. Paul discovered that on the road to Damascus. Have you had a similar experience?

Identify the sources of truth in your life. What makes you believe some things are true and others are not?

“Saul kept threatening to murder the Lord’s disciples. He went to the chief priest and asked him to write letters of authorization to the synagogue leaders in the city of Damascus. Saul wanted to arrest any man or woman who followed the way ⌊of Christ⌋ and imprison them in Jerusalem. As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” Saul asked, “Who are you, sir?” The person replied, “I’m Jesus, the one you’re persecuting. Get up! Go into the city, and you’ll be told what you should do.” Meanwhile, the men traveling with him were speechless. They heard the voice but didn’t see anyone. Saul was helped up from the ground. When he opened his eyes, he was blind. So his companions led him into Damascus. For three days he couldn’t see and didn’t eat or drink. A disciple named Ananias lived in the city of Damascus. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” Ananias answered, “Yes, Lord.” The Lord told him, “Get up! Go to Judas’ house on Straight Street, and ask for a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. He’s praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias place his hands on him to restore his sight.” Ananias replied, “Lord, I’ve heard a lot of people tell about the many evil things this man has done to your people in Jerusalem. Saul has come here to Damascus with authority from the chief priests to put anyone who calls on your name in prison.” The Lord told Ananias, “Go! I’ve chosen this man to bring my name to nations, to kings, and to the people of Israel. I’ll show him how much he has to suffer for the sake of my name.” Ananias left and entered Judas’ house. After he placed his hands on Saul, Ananias said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way to Damascus, sent me to you. He wants you to see again and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. Then Saul stood up and was baptized. After he had something to eat, his strength came back to him. Saul was with the disciples in the city of Damascus for several days.”

Acts‬ ‭9:1-19‬ ‭GW‬‬

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