I heard a story recently about a congregation that hired a contractor to repaint their building steeple. When the painting began, it became apparent that the contractor had underestimated the amount of paint it would take to do the job. He instructed his workers to thin the paint so that there would be enough to complete the work. Even though it was a clear day and not a cloud in the sky, when the workers started using the thinned down paint, there was a large clap of thunder and a voice from heaven said, "Repaint and thin no more."
While we enjoy humorous stories such as this, there is a moral lesson here as well. God desires for us to be honest, to do our very best, take no short cuts, and be true to the commitments we have made. By doing these things and striving to be like Jesus, the world will be able to see Him in our lives and hopefully be receptive to the good news about our Savior.
Isaiah 33:15-16, "He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil - this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. His bread will be supplied and water will not fail him."
Proverbs 12:22, "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful."
1 Peter 1:15-16," "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do: for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy."
Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."
Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men."
Ecclesiastes, 9:10 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."