Thursday, July 26, 2012
Honesty: You Want Me To Do What!!! - Pastor Chris
I have spent my whole life trying to show everyone that I am "Okay." Well, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but probably not much. It starts with our parents, and then our teachers, and our pastors, and then spouses and bosses and then it comes full circle with our children. We want all these people to think we have it all together. In fact we sometimes believe that we can even fool God into thinking we are okay.
And when we finally decide to come to church, and we begin contemplating giving our life to Christ, the first thing they want us to do is admit that we are not okay. No wonder we have such a hard time with this. God wants us to be honest. Not just with him, but with ourselves as well.
But it does not end there. It is probably easy to admit you are a sinner when you first come into the church. (I'm not sure I was born in the 3rd row) But I will tell you, it gets hard when you have been there 5, 10, or 20 years. Or when you are a Deacon, an Elder, or even the Pastor (yes they sin too). We have to be honest through the whole process. We need to be honest first with God, then with ourselves, and then the others around us. When we are honest together, we can grow together, and we can accomplish amazing things together.
Ephesians 4:25 (NLT)
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
Are You Okay?