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August 14, 2011

Real:

“Owning Up”

Exodus 20:16

Let’s be honest. Telling the truth is sometimes the hardest thing to do…especially when there is the potential of bringing a “less than ideal” situation upon us. This really comes into place when we are talking about potentially impacting our livelihood. Let’s say a potential employment opportunity presents itself, one that could certainly meet needs on multiple fronts, i.e., family, money, time, etc… A no-brainer, right? However, during the process you are asked to come and speak to others in the company, thus taking you away from your current place of employment for the day. Keep in mind nothing has been offered and despite the fact that all has gone very well so far during the process, there is always the possibility an offer will not come. What do you do? Do you tell your current boss you need to take a sick day (if you have one), an unpaid day off, call in sick (even though you’re not), go see relatives at the request of your spouse, etc…? Or do you tell your boss the truth. You’re torn. Your conscience (Holy Spirit) tells you one things but your mind, through the sense of self preservation, tells you something else.

Let’s say we told a small white one (lie), went and talked to the potential new employers, and an offer is not made. Your current boss doesn’t find out and things go on as normal. All good, right? Your boss may not know the truth but Someone does. Let’s say you tell the white one, go talk, and an offer is made. You accept, come back, and turn in your notice. Your boss asks if you went to speak with this upcoming new employer on the day you took off. What is your response? What if a co-worker asks the same question? Let’s change the environment landscape to a school. Your boss is now a friend. The potential new job is an invitation to a concert you really want to go to and that has been sold out for months. Unfortunately, you already had plans with a friend. Because you don’t want to hurt your friend’s feelings, but really want to go to the show, you make up a story that takes you away from your friend but doesn’t put you at the concert. Same scenario as before. Your friend doesn’t find out, you have a great time at the concert, and things go on as normal. Again, your friend may not know, but Someone knows. Let’s look at the flip side. What happens, in both scenarios, if the person on the receiving end of the lie finds out the truth? A job or friend could be lost. More importantly, if you are a Christian, how does that impact your witness?

Challenge:  As Christians, we are called to live lives that are worthy of God, who calls us into His kingdom and glory. (1Thes 2:12, 2Thes 1:11) We are also commanded not to lie. (Exodus 20:16) In Psalm 34:12 (NLT), we are asked pointblank, “Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?” The way to this life is revealed immediately in verse 13, “Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.” In today’s world of flexible morality and justified embellishments, there is a lack of honesty…responsibility…accountability…a lack of realness. Don’t take the easy road. It takes a real man to be honest…responsible…accountable…to be real. Guys, choose to be who you were called to be and “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT).

Prayer: Lord, You are all powerful, all present, and all knowing. As Your children, we are called to a different standard, a life worthy of You…an all sufficient Savior. Lord, I am so grateful for Your grace and forgiveness as I know that I often let You down. The world makes it easy, in fact encourages, dishonesty. Even when others don’t know the truth…You do. Please help me. Holy Spirit, speak to my heart. Please give me the strength to be honest…to be real…to be the person You have created and called into Your kingdom and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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