A farmer and a baker enjoyed a great business relationship. The farmer sold butter to the baker and the baker sold bread to the farmer. Both benefited—the baker had fresh butter to sell to his customers and the farmer received fresh bread for his family. All was well . . .
. . . until one day, the baker accused the farmer of short-changing him on butter. His pound of butter wasn’t a full pound. So the baker took the farmer to court.
In court, the judge asked the farmer, “Are you knowingly short-changing the baker his full pound of butter?”
“I don’t know,” the farmer said.
“What you mean you don’t know?” asked the judge.
The farmer said: “I his pound-loaf of bread on one side of the scale and add butter on the other side until they balance.”
The case was dismissed.
The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
Dishonest scales measure all kinds of business activities.
Bread and butter.
What about time and money?
Ever fudged on a time sheet? Made your hours worked a little more than what you really did?
Have you short-changed an employee what she was owed on her check, hoping she didn’t notice?
What about time on the job spent working on the job?
Ever sneak your phone out to text a friend? Or check Facebook? While the project deadline grew closer?
Or, cleaned up your desk and put everything away except the illusion of work 30 minutes early on a Friday afternoon?
What is it about double standards and dishonest scales God detests?
God is holy, set apart from the imperfections of this world.
God is pure, participating in life with you to offer you what you can’t do; saving you from yourself and the consequences of bad choices.
The Deceiver lies to you, assuring you that no one is watching, you won’t get caught. And maybe you won’t.
However the consequences of even secret sins find you eventually. Jesus promised, You reap what you sow.
Double standards suggest you’re above the universal principles God created in the universe.
Your trans-moral behavior says you don’t believe the rules that apply to the rest of us are for you.
You think of yourself as God.
And yet it is these very double standards and dishonest scales which betray your false idolatry.
The God who loved the world so much that He gave Jesus will never shortchange His children as they work.
The converse is true.
Rather than sneak less than a pound of bread to you, your loving Father wants to give you the entire bakery.
The Bread of Life came to bring you an abundance beyond your imagination, requests, and wildest dreams (Ephesians 3:20, MSG).
Respond to God’s generosity with your own generosity.
Give two pounds of bread for one pound of butter.
Then the heavens open and pour the richest blessings on you and your work you’ve ever experienced.
That’s when your faith increases with greater joy at work and you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette
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