Short Cuts, Petty Cash, And White Lies
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
Luke 16:10 (NAS)
The world would have us believe that taking petty cash, faking white lies, and making short cuts are acceptable compromises.
How many 'A' students use cheat sheets, Cliff notes, or bought papers to get the grade? How many job applicants exaggerate their resumes? What about fast food, free love, and credit cards? Let's get everything as quickly as possible.
Isn't petty cash just small change? Isn't taking a few dollars from dad okay as a child? But what if indulged kids become greedy adults--always looking for a handout or a moment to take something that 'won't be missed' at work? Doesn't everybody surf the net on office time or cheat a little on taxes?
'White lies' fall in the same category. God instructs us to be gentle and humble in correction, but He never tells us to lie about the truth. Not to escape an embarrassing moment. Not to call in sick when we're well. Not to take a better offer. God never lies, and lying is never white.
The problem with short cuts is our desire to reach the top without climbing the mountain. If we don't walk up, we don't build muscle, lungs, balance, or experience along the way. The result? We are weak at the peak. One puff from Satan blows us right off our perch. We not only fall back to the bottom, but we are exposed as phonies.
God is looking diligently for those who are faithful in the very smallest things.