“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’, ‘No’….” (Matthew 5:37)

There is power in simple truth. When you just walk in simple integrity. Doing what you say. A simple yes or a simple no. We often increase complexity in our answers or try to manipulate with a “little white lie”.

How would others view us if they believed we would always give a straight answer, no hidden agendas, just the truth. When we shared something about God, maybe they would believe that as well.

There is something elegant, honest and pure about simplicity. Keep it simple.

Quick Prayer. “My yes will be yes, so help me God.” Amen

Work Works

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (Jam 2:17)

Our faith is important to us. It defines who we are and what we believe. Yet if it is not translated into actions, it is worthless, or as James, with his usual subtlety, puts it, dead.

This is as true at work as it is in church or in helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is not only about giving; it is about being or even more correctly, about doing. There is no escaping this fundamental truth: our faith has to compel us into action if it is real. Without works, our faith is not real. A question for us all to consider is this: what do I do at work that demonstrates my faith?

Quick Prayer: I commit to working hard, Lord. Amen.

The Guide

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (Joh 16:13)

Here the Holy Spirit is described as the Spirit of truth. That is yet another pointer to the calling to integrity. So what will He do? He will guide you into all truth. That’s right—God will guide you into truth. What sort of truth are we talking about?

The truth that comes from the Father is the ultimate truth. The Spirit will also tell us what is yet to come. Wow, the one who loves and guides us will talk to us about the future. That is His promise.

Quick Prayer: Guide me and help me hear You, Holy Spirit. Amen.

Truth is a Person

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Joh 14:6)

How important is the truth? In the pressure cooker business lives we lead, shortcuts and ‘white lies’ are often deemed expedient, or at least understandable.

So how important is the truth really? Jesus described Himself as the truth—the physical manifestation of truth, the ultimate in all truth. That is how we should value the truth. We are called to a different standard where we will honor the truth in deed and in the person of Jesus.

When we speak the truth, we honor God. He is the personification of all truth.

Quick Prayer: You are the Truth, Jesus. Amen.