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I asked a teenager from my hometown to give me an example of something he did that was dishonest or unpleasing to God. He recalled several instances in which he cheated on homework in one of his classes. It was a subject he had struggled with all year, so he started to copy assignments from his peers.
That particular type of dishonesty is probably more common than most of us would like to admit—or at least a very real temptation in our daily lives. At the time, cheating probably seemed like a good option to the teen I talked with, but it didn’t honor God in any way. And my friend learned the consequences of dishonesty the hard way—a couple of -failing grades on tests because he didn’t actually know the material. It was evident that he had not been doing his own work up to that point. What about honesty while at camp? What if everyone cheated in 4 square – a tiny example I know, but think how it ruins the game. This is true with life. God set it up so that we would receive the best life possible, if we trust him. And he loves it when we are honest!
Honesty is important to God. We serve a God who is in control of all things, who has the right to bestow justice as He sees fit. But our God is also honest and good, and He wants us to embody those characteristics, too. In the simplest terms, God cares about honesty; He craves and desires it in our lives. And He doesn’t just want it every once in awhile or only in certain aspects of our lives; He wants honesty to characterize us, just as it does Him, all the time, every day.
God wants every part of our lives to honor Him, from school to work and especially in finances and when you get a job. In a job setting, you have an opportunity to show people Christ through your life. You can do that by making sure you use your money in godly ways. Strive to live a life—even now—that would make it past God’s honesty weigh-in.
How do you weigh in when it counts? Only you can answer these questions, so ask yourself if you really live with honesty and integrity. Do you honor God with your decisions? Your money? Your attitudes? Why or why not?
Cross reference Ephesians 4:28 and 1 Timothy 4:12 as you study this passage. Why is it important that God desires honesty in our lives, even when we’re young?
Father, help me to be more like You. Help me strive to be honest in every aspect of my life, to operate with integrity, and to set an example for others.
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