Is It Worth Standing Up For The Truth?

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When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place." For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. — Acts 21:27-30

To recall yesterday's text, Paul and some other men are completing a week-long religious purification, culminating in making a sacrifice at the temple. But upon completion, there were some Jews present who had seen Paul on his journey through Ephesus. They are there, just like Paul, during the celebration of the Passover. And thus, they spread a rumor that turns violent. Perhaps it was assumptive gossip, or it could have been malicious slander, but it ends in Paul being seized and shut out of the Temple.

As followers, we have to embrace the truth that sometimes not everyone will like what we say or what we do. This is a hard-learned lesson. It means we should stand up and speak up when government, education, business, culture, or tradition doesn't align with our biblical beliefs. And the unfortunate outcome is that some will gossip about it, and it might become slander defaming our character.

Because we fear this happening, many will back down from saying and doing what is right. But the question we then have to address in light of this fear is this question — "Is it worth it?" Is it worth standing down and being silent about God's truth, even when our character may be at risk? I know this is a probing question to ask ourselves, but it is the one we ask at that valley of decision. We are weighing at this moment the worth of our reputation against the worth of the truth. And we at this valley of decision must make a sacrifice. It's either a sacrifice of the Gospel or a sacrifice for the Gospel. And keep in mind, Jesus never beat around the bush about the kind of sacrifice it was going to cost us to follow him. His exact words were:

"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." — Matthew 16:24

I think Paul understood this. As we have followed Paul, we have watched as he has become increasingly more bold for the truth about the resurrection. We watched this happen over his missionary journeys. I think this is why he went to Jerusalem even though many persuaded him not to. I even believe this is why he went to the temple on this day as he completed his purification with that final sacrifice. He valued obedience over his reputation.

I want to encourage you today to speak up and stand up for the truth. Just do it in some small way. And then tomorrow, do it again. And then try it again the next day. And watch as your value for God's truth takes precedence over your reputation. And be ready. God, at some point, may invite you to make a sacrifice of a lifetime.

ASK THIS: What sacrifice do you need to make today? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: Make a sacrifice for the Gospel, not of the Gospel.

PRAY THIS: God, I need the courage to do what you want me to do today!

PLAY THIS: Casting Crowns — Courageous.

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6 thoughts on “Is It Worth Standing Up For The Truth?

  1. Keith Panicko says:

    Truth is absolute. There is no other way to live. We are not called to be perfect just to be truthful. This devo is a great reminder how important it is to be truthful. Telling the truth cost me to have to resign in 2019. It hurt but there is no compromise for being truthful.

  2. Trent says:

    Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out when where and how to make a stand. At times there is no wondering it just happens. The stand is made with out a second thought. I hope and pray this is the Holy Spirit as I believe confusion is not from God but the evil one. Lord I pray your spirit would always give me the unction to be bold without hesitation when it is in alignment with your will and way.

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  3. Rex says:

    Sacrifice: Go meet my new friend “Wasib” short for Wasibulah and his wife Harkreet Who are at a local hotel &!who are One of 70 refugee families from Afghanistan new to our city &!try to share the gospel with he and his wife and invite him to our church on Sunday.

  4. Ramon says:

    I’ve learned accountability and honesty don’t always equal fair justice. I’m guilty of having to be dishonest as a result of someone’s vindictiveness. Fear and uncertainty that can change an entire future of a whole family. No excuses but a conscious decision and continued prayer for forgiveness and mercy for a sinner like me who continues to learn from poor decisions.

  5. Roger says:

    The daily decision to speak and stand behind the truth has its price. The value is “eternal “ and that can be hard to see in the middle of the struggle, however , your ability to follow through will determine if you are “all in”!

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