James 5:12 – “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.” (NASB)
“Why did you take the job? You know you don't have the skills to do it.” “That's okay,” he said, “I'll fake it.” What a terrible conversation to have with someone you work with. I was a young man at the time learning the trade of carpentry when the boss asked me to come along as he gave an estimate on some work so I could train in that area as well. I was astounded that he put a bid in for the job knowing we had neither the tools nor the knowledge to do the job right. I could only imagine how things would go if we got the bid. Today's verse shares about not swearing or making an oath. My boss was driven by the financial gain not on the performance of the job we would do. I quit shortly after that experience for I would rather say that I couldn’t do a job than say yes and not be able to fulfill the requirements. I don't know about you, but I would rather be known for the quality of my work than the jingle in my pocket. Has there been a time in your life that you should have said no rather than yes?
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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