Confessions of a Liar
A liar confesses, “Almighty God, as I sit here by the fire on this lonely Sunday morning, surrounded by the Sunday paper and half listening to one of the prominent TV Evangelists, it has just come to me that I have lied to Thee, to my family, and to myself.
“I said that I wasn’t well enough to go to Bible study Sunday morning and to worship Thee. I said I didn’t feel good enough to go to mid-week Bible study. That just wasn’t true “Had that been Monday and not Sunday, I would have gone to work. Had it been Saturday I would have played golf. Had it been Friday night, I would have attended a movie I wanted to see. If it had been Thursday night I would have gone to my son’s basketball game. “It is true I didn’t feel really good, but I wasn’t a hospital case. My doctor would have said I was fine. In fact, I know that.
“You see, Lord, I just lied to you. When my wife asked me if I was coming with her and the children to Bible study, and I told here I didn’t feel well enough to go, I lied to her. The next morning when I got up at 6:30 in the morning, shaved, showered, dressed, ate my breakfast, and drove out the driveway, I know my children knew I lied to them about going to church.
“I am guilty of the sin of lying because I made Sunday, the day when I would seek some lame excuse to stay home. I used the Lord’s own day as a means of covering a multitude of sins.
“ I confess to Thee, dear Lord, I have lied to Thee. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and help me to realize that in the future, every time I use some of those old excuses, I will sin with deliberate forethought. I am deeply sorry and plead for forgiveness.”
This is a story that describes many, many members of the church. Who among us is guilty of lying to God, to our families, and to each other. Attendance is an indicator of how enthusiastic, how interested, and how dedicated we are to the Lord.
The Hebrew writer tells us to assemble to not only receive strength, but to strenghen others.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:24-25).
Do you strengthen your children by making lame excuses for not attending the assembly of saints? Do you help a weak member? Do you help or condemn yourself?
Finally, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58)
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