A heart for honesty
There is a trend happening right now on social media that is pretty cool. A convenient store owner will place a $50 bill on a store shelf. With the camera rolling, as a customer discovers the money, we get to watch the decision making process in an array of facial expressions and body language. With no one seemingly around to notice if they take it or not, the decision is to be made quickly… pocket the cash or give it to the store owner in case someone has lost it. Here is the awesome twist, when they turn it in, the owner thanks them for their honesty and says he would like to pay for their purchase. On top of that, he secretly slips them an even bigger stack of cash. When they notice, he says that’s his way of rewarding them for their honesty. I love that so far, every single person I have seen in this trend has turned the money in!
It reminds me of the story in Acts 16:16-36. Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for removing a demon from a slave girl who was a fortune teller. Her owner got them arrested, beaten and thrown in prison. That night, they were singing hymns and praying to God, when a violent earthquake shook the jail doors open. When the jailer woke up and saw all the doors open, he was going to kill himself. Paul shouted out to him that they were all there and to not harm himself. Their honesty in not escaping when they could have (which would have meant certain death to the jailer) resulted in the jailer and all those in his household being baptized and saved!
It’s a good time to pause and take an internal inventory of our lives. Just because we CAN get away with something, should we? Is honesty always the best policy? What about the seemingly “little things”? The answer is absolutely YES, honesty is always the best policy. Christ refers to himself in John 14:6 as “the Way, the TRUTH and the Life.” If we are not living our lives in truth, can we say that we are living like Jesus? Truth is displayed in our words AND our actions. This isn’t just about just what we say, this is also about what we do.
The exciting news is that, we know that with every honest action and every honest word spoken, our reward grows in eternity. And when I think of eternity, I immediately think of 1 Corinthians 2:9!! It says, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived - the things God has prepared for those who love him.” When we have a heart for the Lord, we naturally will have a heart for honesty.
Set a course correction if necessary friends. All we can do is keep trying every day. God is good ALL the time. He forgives quickly and completely when we repent and seek Him first.