Many people that that the way to get ahead in the world is to live for yourself no matter if you have to bend the rules a bit. This is not always true though. Some of the most successful people that I know have been people who have stuck by their strong moral principles. Their good reputation for honesty and hard work has won the respect of other people and many people prefer to deal with them because they could be trusted.
The Bible commands us to be honest. Those that “bend the rules a bit” often end up in trouble. They may eventually do something illegal and get caught. This brings trouble not only to themselves, but to their families as well. The Bible declares that eventually our wrong deeds will be found out. “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature he will reap destruction” (Galatians 6:7-8). It is a sure Biblical principle that although a con can con others, he cannot con God. There are plenty of people in prison that have been exposed by their sins.
But, what about the people who seem prosperous but don’t know Jesus? They still sin, because everyone sins, and they will have to deal with that sin sooner or later. Jesus is God’s only provision for man’s sin. (For a presentation on the four principles that govern your friendship with God, please visit www.greatcom.org/laws) The Bible also tells us that the rain pours on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. What this means is that God is so patient with people, not giving them what they deserve, because He wants them to come to Him in repentance. So, sometimes God is slow to act toward wickedness because He wants to lead them to Him. He doesn’t want any one to perish. But, He is only going to wait so long.
This is why we all need to consider the claims of Jesus Christ on our lives. It is not always easy, but doing the will of God is the most important thing in life — and the most rewarding as well.