From Max Lucado and his book ‘Just Like Jesus’:

Many years ago a man conned his way into the orchestra of the emperor of China although he could not play a note. Whenever the group practiced or performed, he would hold the flute against his lips, pretending to play but not making a sound. He received a modest salary and enjoyed a comfortable living.

Then one day the emperor requested a solo from each musician. The flutist got nervous. There wasn’t enough time to learn the instrument. He pretended to be sick but the royal physician wasn’t fooled. On the day of his solo performance, the impostor took poison and killed himself. The explanation of his suicide led to a phrase that found its way into the English language: “He refused to face the music.”2

The cure for deceit is simply this: face the music. Tell the truth. Some of us are living in deceit. Some of us are walking in the shadows. The lies of Ananias and Sapphira resulted in death; so have ours. Some of us have buried a marriage, parts of a conscience, and even parts of our faith—all because we won’t tell the truth.

Are you in a dilemma, wondering if you should tell the truth or not? The question to ask in such a moment is, Will God bless my deceit? Will he who hates lies, bless a strategy built on lies? Will the Lord who loves truth, bless the business of falsehoods? Will God honor the career of a manipulator? Will God come to the aid of a cheater? Will God bless my dishonesty?

I don’t think so either. Examine your heart. Ask yourself some tough questions. Am I completely honest with my spouse and children? Are my relationships marked by candor? What about my work or school environment? Am I honest in my dealings? Am I a trustworthy student? An honest taxpayer? A reliable witness at work?

Do you tell the truth . . . always? If not, start today. Don’t wait until tomorrow. The ripple of today’s lie is tomorrow’s wave and next year’s flood. Start today. Be just like Jesus. Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. ~ Max Lucado: Just Like Jesus (Nashville: Word Publishing, 1998), 110-111

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