I Didn’t Mean That
We say things that are not true. Some of those we dismiss as “little white lies” that are spoken hastily seeking to keep from hurting the feelings of another person. Some of those lies are out of fear knowing that an honest answer would create jeopardy for us because of a wrongful act that was committed. Some lies are out of a hard heart because we have been dishonest about something so long that to tell the truth, we know would certainly destroy our credibility.
Dishonesty does not just affect our words but also infects our behavior. That is true in our Christian walk. Sometimes we seek to make ourselves look better in our testimonies than we are in the deeds of our lives. Have you ever been untruthful about your zeal for the study of God’s Word when you know there is not continual time devoted to exploring the Bible regularly? Surely, no one has ever fabricated how much prayer means to them when in truth, very little time is devoted to daily praying.
Why would I address a topic like dishonesty within the Christian family? Because it is a problem. Some people have lived that way for so long, there is no conscious thought to that habit in their daily interactions. Not only are we dishonest in conversation, but we have been known to be dishonest in things we have sung in church. For many years, we would sing songs that had great texts, but we did not consider that “singing” was the same as “speaking” what we desired for God to do. We would sing right requests, but frequently, we did not yield to what we were asking God to do.
Consider these songs and what they say…. ”All to Jesus, I surrender. All to Him I freely give.” “Have thine own way, Lord. Thou are the potter, I am the clay”. I have deliberately listed hymns so that it is not perceived that I am taking a younger generation to task. My concerns are for those of us that are older and should be setting a clear example for a new generation to follow. May God help us to do so.
By being truthful and steadfast in honoring what we have committed to Christ Jesus to the best of our ability to surrender to His will, then our lives will be consistently exemplary for others to emulate. One old song that stirred me was, “Give of your best to the Master.” May it be so!
Perhaps you have heard the story of a farmer who one day went happily and with great joy in his heart to report to his wife and family that their best cow had given birth to twin calves, one red and one white. And he said, “You know I have suddenly had a feeling and impulse that we must dedicate one of these calves to the Lord. We will bring them up together, and when the time comes we will sell one and keep the proceeds, and we will sell the other and give the proceeds to the Lord’s work.” His wife asked him which he was going to dedicate to the Lord. “There is no need to bother about that now,” he replied, “we will treat them both in the same way, and when the time comes we will do as I say.” And off he went.
In a few months the man entered his kitchen looking very miserable and unhappy. When his wife asked him what was troubling him, he answered, “I have bad news to give you. The Lord’s calf is dead.” “But,” she said, “you had not decided which was to be the Lord’s calf.” “Oh yes,” he said; “I had always decided it was to be the white one, and it is the white one that has died. The Lord’s calf is dead.” (Copied).