When I was younger, I used to love watching this television show called ‘To Tell the Truth’. I believe there has since been more modern versions of the same show, but the concept was the same. Three guests, one of which is the real person, two others who are imposters. The idea, was to try and convince the panel that you were the real person. In other words, tell lies in order to fool the panel and the audience.
I heard a great teaching by Alistair Begg the other day that talked about how ‘untruth’ can destroy a church. He said something that I have always known, but never quite heard it like he said it. He said, “It is not natural to tell the truth, it is abnormal. It is normal to lie. You never have to teach your children to lie, but you do have to teach them to tell the truth.”
The Bible demonstrates this truth over and over again.
And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”
How quickly and easily it was for Esau to forget that he gave his blessing away and blame someone else for it. How easy to live a lie in order to think more highly of himself than he ought. And, how easy it was for one lie to lead to another, to another, and to another. So many lies, that he began to call right wrong and wrong right.
Also Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please his father Isaac. So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.
There is only one solution ‘To Tell the Truth’, and that is a complete surrender to the one who declared Himself to be the truth, a complete surrender to Jesus.
When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Untruth makes us unclean and the only one who can cleanse that untruth, that natural tendency to lie is Jesus. What is our part? A willingness to be made clean.
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “ I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Lying is like leprosy, it eats away at us until before long we don’t even feel anymore, it comes so natural. We must be willing to have our natural tendency towards untruth, replaced with truth. We must daily surrender to Jesus with these heartfelt words, “I am willing!”