Today’s Scripture: Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

A good driver stays as far away from the edge of the road as possible. A wealthy man who lived in a mansion atop a steep mountain sought out a capable driver for his carriage. He explained the dangers of the mountain road to the three candidates, noting that the carriage with its two horses allowed for marginal clearance from the edge of a steep precipice. Then he turned to the first candidate, “How well can you drive?”

“I’m a great driver. I can drive the carriage to within a foot of the edge.”

The interviewer dismissed the candidate and spoke to the next applicant, “How close are you able to drive my carriage to the cliff’s edge?”

“Sir, I can drive the carriage to within an inch of the edge. I’m the man for the job, sir. “

The interviewer dismissed the candidate, leaving one man standing before him. He asked the applicant, “Are you good enough to drive my carriage near the edge of the road without falling down the precipice?”

“No sir. I am not [Italics] that good at carriage driving. I would stay as far away from the edge of the cliff as possible.” This man earned the job because the carriage owner didn’t want a driver who would see how close he could get to the edge. He wanted a driver who would stay as far from the edge as possible.

God is looking for Christians who will stay as far from the edge of sin as possible. Jesus said we are the salt and light of the world. Everything we do and every word we speak should be an example to others of “safe driving” – abundant living in Christ. John Reid comments in his article “Abstaining From Evil” that we are representatives of Jesus Christ. This means the appearance of evil in our lives will portray a faulty image of God and His work. Don’t you desire to represent your Savior well?

How near do you drive to the edge of sin – when you are watching television, surfing the Internet, reading ads in the newspaper, listening to the radio, or using social media? Purpose in your heart that you will stay as far from the edge as possible. Each day your life is representing Jesus. I hope you are representing Him well.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.