What being exposed to Jesus should do to you …
During the ’90’s I was exposed to toxic chemicals when a Union 76 refinery I lived next to had a major chemical spill that it didn’t do anything about for three weeks.
Because of that exposure, I spent five years being treated by a team of a dozen physicians. There wasn’t any research material available to the doctors about the chemicals the public had been exposed to, so they didn’t know all of the potential effects such an exposure could have on human beings. One result for my being exposed was permanent damage to my sinuses. Others suffered much worse outcomes. Exposure to those chemicals had a negative outcome in the lives of many of us living in the area.
What we’re exposed to throughout our lives has outcomes in our lives.
That includes our exposure to Truth. What happens when we’re exposed to the truth?
Once the devil was walking along with one of his cohorts. They saw a man ahead of them pick up something shiny.
“What did he find?” asked the cohort?
“A piece of the truth,” the devil replied.
“Doesn’t it bother you that he found a piece of the truth?” asked the cohort.
“No,” said the devil, “I will see to it that he makes a religion out of it.”
The enemy isn’t afraid of our being exposed to the truth if we don’t experience its intended effect. What should be the outcome of our being exposed to the truth? The Apostle Paul gives us part of the answer …
“But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy,” Ephesians 4:20-24.
Our being exposed to Jesus, and the truth that comes from Him, has very real and powerful effects. It strips away our sin and engulfs us in a new nature, one that is “… truly righteous and holy.”
Is that the outcome in your life of your being exposed to Jesus?