In addition to being stewards of our time and our treasure, we are also stewards of the truth. As James reminds us today, our spiritual birth came through hearing and believing the truth!
In medicine we spend a great deal of time and energy learning and discovering the truth about the physiology or normal functioning of the body before we learn about the pathology. The more we understand normal function, the better we can identify and understand abnormal function.
The same is true for living life.
The more we understand the truth about ourselves and the world around us, the better we will be equipped to live our life as we should.
In fact, much of maturing in life and as a Christian consists of casting off false truths. Things we initially believed as true, but later learned as being false.
We are naïve when we believe things are true when they are not, and the first step away from being naïve is to accept that we don’t yet possess all truth.
That’s called humility.
We should never fear the truth, but continually seek it.
As Christians we are confident that the ultimate truth is found in Jesus Christ and the word He has passed down to us in the Scripture.
And just as our spiritual birth came through truth, we should play a role in passing truth onto the next generation behind us. This includes our children as well as those who follow us professionally.
The only people who can mentor young physicians with the truth are those who have diligently sought the truth as they have practiced medicine.
Those of us who have been mentored know how integral that mentoring was in helping us discover truth.
If you are just starting out in medicine, seek out a mentor who is willing to give of their time to come alongside and teach you truth. Guard that time and don’t quickly allow it to be overtaken by other things.
And if you are someone who has learned some truths…take the time to be willing to share those truths with those who come behind you.
Prayer: Lord, show me those whom You want me to gain and give truth!