Thursday, January 28, 2016

2 Corinthians 8:21 -- On Honesty with God and Everyone Else Too

"Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men."
2 Corinthians 8:21

It's interesting that it is worded this way... thinking about what we usually worry about first, I would think that God would want to say "not only in the sight of men" (because we worry about our images), but in the sight of God (because it isn't good enough to look honest... we actually have to *be* honest.  But it isn't worded that way, which made me do a double-take when I noticed it today.  It isn't that the other way isn't also needed, but this way around I think that the wording tells us more of the story than we usually hear.  This way around God is saying, of course you have to be right with me, but that isn't enough.  I need you to risk a little... be vulnerable a little.  It's safe to be honest with our God, but he needs us to put ourselves out there and be honest with other people too.  He needs us to set the example and encourage the change that is going to happen in no other way.  We have to show the world that honesty matters... that it isn't just some old-fashioned ideal. :)  Today, let's be honest with God, and also in the sight of everyone else.

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