Do you know someone who always seems to tell the truth no matter what the situation is? If you do not know someone like this then let me tell you that you are certainly missing out. I had the opportunity to be reminded of this by my boss today when she owned up to a simple mistake that she had made. It wasn’t anything major but rather than trying to hide it or blame it on someone else she simply called it like she saw it. She realized that she had messed up and that was all there was to it. My pastor, Matt Forrest, calls it “calling your own foul.” I’m not sure if he got it from someone else, but I like it and it really fits. He likens it to playing a pickup game of basketball and how when you are playing a pickup game you don’t have referees or anything so you simply call your own foul. No one necessarily likes to admit that they have done something wrong, but in basketball it definitely keeps the game more civil.
We can apply the same principle to our lives and our following of Jesus. We all know that God’s ways are contrary to the ways of the world. The world is under control of Satan, the Father of lies (Jn. 8:44), so this makes sense. The world says to save face and to never admit when you are wrong. But God says that “there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Prov. 14:12). Have you ever lied about something just to have it eat away at your soul? I know that I sure have. Ephesians 2:1-3 says “you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” I was once dead in my transgressions and sins. Really? Is the reality of sin really that harsh? The answer is YES and we all have a choice to make.
Andrea Lucado in her post The Problem with White Lies states that “No matter how tiny our white lies are, they affect us. With each one we tell, lying gets easier and easier, and the truth gets harder and harder.” Even little lies affect how we live our life and lead to death. Romans 8:5 says that “those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” So, are you being driven by your sinful nature or by the Spirit? A good test might be to see how you feel asking God to bless your lie, no matter how big or small. We might hope that things will turn out when we lie, but we know in our souls that a lie is a lie and eventually our whole life becomes a lie if we let it. So are you really a Christian or is that a lie? A front that you put on for others? I pray that we can all be more honest in our daily lives and show the world what freedom looks like. Which path will you choose? Life or death? Confession or denial?