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Crucified: Honesty Will Get You There

August 6, 2011

Honesty never pays off in a job interview. Don’t tell someone you’re struggling with your own identity in a job interview; it really seems to shake people up. I have done that to myself over the years and have probably cost myself a lot of opportunities. I am honest to a fault, some of my good friends have told me, but really how can you know that some opportunities that come along are actually the one for you; you can’t. Some have to go away; some you have to try. People who think that God is up there opening up some doors and closing others while snickering as we continue to make mistake after mistake are crazy. God just wants you to be you!

What I have found through my years is that most people don’t know themselves enough to actually qualify themselves as being honest. They don’t really know how they are feeling, they sure as hell can’t be honest about being afraid, and if you admit you either have feelings or are afraid then you are some kind of freak. Honesty rarely exists in today’s culture. Jesus was this kind of honest.

In the book of Mark, Jesus is in the church on the Sabbath, when he comes across a man with a shriveled hand. Now Jesus has been in this position before, and the religious leaders already have noticed his disregard for their rules, especially about the Sabbath. The stage is set. Jesus says, “Stand up in front of everyone”, and the man stands up. Then he asks the question, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” What a question? The leaders are silent because they know in their hearts what the honest answer is to his question. Honesty trumps law.

Then Jesus looks at them with anger and contempt, and says, “Stretch out your hand!” The man stretched out his hand and it was restored. Scripture says immediately the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

This type of honesty and humility is what alienated him from the religious people of his day. Are you that honest?

Are you that honest with yourself?

Are you that honest with others?

True honesty will get you crucified!

Are you brave enough to be honest?

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