Honest To God

Honest To God

Nothing ordinary ever seemed to happen to Rob. His stories of extravagant family holidays, chance meetings with famous people and doing unbelievable feats were too amazing to be true. When Tim McCormick questioned the facts of his stories, Rob would get defensive. He would insist he was being truthful by saying, “Honest to God!”

Finally, Tim caught Rob in blatant lie. One Saturday morning he phoned to tell Tim he had got a ticket to a rock concert that had been sold out for more than two months . He wouldn't show Tim the ticket for fear of loosing it, he said , nor would he explain how he got it. Yet he tried to make Tim believe that he had an “ inside” source. He promised to tell him all about the concert the next day.

But that nigth, during the very much hour of the concert, Tim sported Rob with his family at a superstore more than fifty kilometres from the concert site! Tim told him he had seen him at the superstore, he finally admitted that he had exaggerated a little but he had bought the group's latest album, he said.

Tim's friendship with Rob crumbled after that. Read 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 yo see what Paul thought about boasting.

Bible Text
1 Corinthians 5:2-13

2ESV:And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3ESV:For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
4ESV:When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5ESV:you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
6ESV:Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
7ESV:Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
8ESV:Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9ESV:I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
10ESV:not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11ESV:But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
12ESV:For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13ESV:God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

Questions to Consider
  • How was Rob's boasting like the list that Paul writes about?
  • What effects has boasting had in your relationship?

Motion Points
  • Listing specific ways in which people can keep themselves from boasting.
  • Asking God to show you if have been boasting. If so, tell the modest truth to the people you boasted to.

Hymn for Today
God Leads Us Along by George A. Young

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water's cool flow bathes the weary one's feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity's day,
God leads His dear children along.
Further Reading
  • Jeremiah 9:23-24
  • James 4:13-17
  • Isaiah 10:8-15