A Big Cheat Gets Right

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Luke 19:1-9

Almost everyone is doing it. What? Cheating. How? They lie about their age, expense accounts and time cards, about their weight and gift returns to the store.

Cheating hurts others and us and is neither necessary nor right. Davis Love III took a one-stroke penalty on himself during the 1994 Western Open golf tournament. He moved his marker on a green to get it out of another player’s putting line. Later, he could not remember if he moved his ball back to the original spot. Unsure, he gave himself an extra stroke. His honesty cost him an extra stroke which eliminated him from an automatic qualification in the Masters tournament in Georgia. Davis Love III had no regrets. He understands integrity.

Tax collectors like Zacchaeus became wealthy by overcharging. He was branded a despised sinner by the public. Once Zacchaeus met Jesus and welcomed him into his life it was not business as usual.

I know a butcher who copied Zacchaeus. Before he committed his life to Christ, he weighed his thumb along with the meat on the scale! He now gives an extra ounce of meat to customers he cheated.

Not everyone cheats. God rewards honor.

PRAYER

God of Truth and Mercy, forgive me for any dishonesty. In Jesus’ name. Amen.