Getting Real

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

It’s something I’ve done and I’d lay odds that it’s something you’ve done.

You were part of some activity that you weren’t supposed to be doing. It doesn’t really matter what it was. Only two things matter for the sake of our illustration. First, as we’ve already mentioned, you were doing something you shouldn’t have been doing. And second, you lied about you’re involvement.

Perhaps you didn’t try and say that you weren’t there at all. Maybe you just tried to tell the story so that you didn’t look quite as guilty as you really were. It doesn’t really matter the exact nature of the lie only that when it came time to own up to your actions you tried to disown something you’d done.

The thing is we try to pull this same same stunt with God all the time. How ridiculous is that? He sees, hears, and knows everything, even our thoughts and motives, and we’re trying to get one over on him?

As our focus text tells us, when it comes to who we are and what we’ve done, the only one we’re even remotely capable of deceiving is ourselves. Those who know us best know we’re guilty. Those who don’t even know us at all know enough about human nature to know we’re guilty. God and the angels have been witnesses to our sin so they know the truth. That leaves only us trying to convince ourselves that we’re better than we really are.

When it comes to a relationship with God the first thing God requires from us is complete honesty in regards to who we are and what we’ve done.

When we said, “Yes,” to a relationship with God the first thing Jesus does when we enter that relationship is step forward to cleanse us with his own shed blood. This action on Jesus part tells us that he knows that we’re filthy with sin and that we’re helpless to get ourselves clean. The only hope for us is that he’ll step forward and do the job.

But he can’t get us clean if we’re in denial as to how bad off we really are. And so many of us are running away from Jesus making excuses and trying to convince him and ourselves that we’re not as sinful as we really are.

In the end it’s your choice. You can lie to yourself, and deny your need, and walk away from the only hope of salvation you have, the relationship with God he’s offering.

Here at the beginning God’s only asking for your honesty regarding your condition and your need for him. Is that too much to ask?

3 thoughts on “Getting Real”

  1. Beautifully written!

    I think being honest is a real problem with most people. Seems most people like to put forth an image of what they want other people to see. Being honest with another person about one’s own problems or faults can be a relationship builder. Intent on putting out an image keeps people away. Since I was a child I have lived with many people intent on making those images. Then I was surprised to find the same problem among Christians. I thought they would be honest, true and loving people. The best people I’ve known are honest,true and loving people and many of them non-Christians.

    Honesty is the important condition for Laodicea to turn around and it does’ seem too much to ask of some Christians. The promise is that God will have a people that learn to be honest regarding their condition and their need for him. The day I became a Christian, that is just where I started, and I am still there!

    Thank you so much!

    1. I didn’t get into many of the fears and insecurities that sometimes drive people’s desire, or need, to hide their sin. Sometimes, there are complicated and painful reasons why people have learned that it’s best to keep faults hidden. But the freedom and cleansing Christ offers requires us to move past what ever reasons we have to hide and be honest with him and ourselves regarding all our sinfulness.

      Be patient with other people. Pray for them. And keep leaning on Jesus.

      1. Thank you Pastor for the reply and advice.

        I do continue to pray for others and do try to be patient with them, expecting nothing in return. I find it a pleasure to be able to be honest and open with people but have learned that many people are not that way and I respect them too.

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