Readings: Daniel 7:13-14, 1 John 1:8-10, Luke 5:17-28
It may surprise you to know that I can be a good liar. Recently I played an Xbox game called Fibbage, and I was pretty good! In the game, you get points for guessing the correct answer to obscure questions and you get points if you can get others to fall for your fib. Here’s one: In New Zealand, there’s a church worth six million dollars. What’s it made of? Our fibs and the one right answer were: kangaroo bones, ice, brick, cardboard or sticks. What is true and what’s a lie? If you picked ice s the correct answer, like the others playing the game, you bought my fib. The real answer was cardboard. It was fun to fib in a game with adults, but I wouldn’t recommend it for children. Getting points for lies is not a good goal in general. Sometimes in life we might feel like we are getting points for doing things wrong, and then God will tally it up on judgment day. John tells us the truth, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” God doesn’t tally up our sins, He forgives us when we confess. I can confess to my holy Father in my room, or I can corporately confess in a crowded cardboard church in New Zealand, because I will not claim to be without sin, and I know God never fibs - I’m forgiven, I’m His, just like you.
Blessings, Tracy Grindle