There are things more important than money. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). Place no price tag on your reputation; it is not for sale. Pursue integrity and honesty, delight in truth and wisdom. “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). Find truth and keep it, says Proverbs.
Pilate infamously asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), and humanity has forever sought the answer. Embroidered on the gates guarding Harvard Yard is the Latin word, “Veritas”—Truth. It is the motto of Harvard University; Harvard seeks the answer to Pilate’s question. I walked under those gates (a visitor, not a student), and was greeted by a statue of a seated John Harvard. Except it wasn’t. A plaque states, “John Harvard, Founder, 1638.” Nope, it’s not John–a model stood in. Besides John was not the founder, but he did contribute a LOT of money. In 1636, not 1638. One statue, three lies. Truth was sold. Alas, the gates that proclaim “Truth” could not keep it.
Truth eluded Pilate because he was a politician looking for something he could use, but truth is something you serve, in truth, some One you follow. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Truth was standing right in front of him.
Dear God, I love reading Your Word. I learn so much about You, and about me. Frankly, I don’t always love learning about me, but I have learned to love the Truth and Your Word is Truth. It reveals Your glory and it exposes my sin. As painful as that often is, God, it is good because it leads me to Your grace, which returns me to Your glory.
God, even while I reject You and rebel against You, You love me so much that You seek me out. You expose my sin with Truth, not to condemn me, but to turn my heart back to You. It opens the door for Your love and grace. I love Truth, God. I love You.