A construction worker walked into a fast-food restaurant and ordered two dinners to go. When his number was called, he picked up the bag, paid the cashier, and left.

When he arrived at home, he discovered he had been given a sack containing the day’s receipts. He immediately returned the bag—just as the manager was reporting the loss to the police. The customer was honest enough to return the money, even though he probably could have gotten away with keeping it.

This incident involved a large sum of money, but we must be honest in little things as well. We sometimes wonder why Christians are not having a greater spiritual impact on our world. Could it be that many believers are cheating, lying, “fudging,” manipulating, and then rationalizing their actions? Too often dishonesty is the order of the day—even for Christians. No wonder unbelievers aren’t impressed!

More important still, honesty is what God demands and expects from us. The apostle Peter said that we are to have honorable conduct (1 Pet. 2:12). Then he wrote, “This is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (v.15). Honesty is not only the best policy—it’s God’s policy.