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At Home with Sin

Newscaster Lowell Thomas (1892-1981) told how early in his life his father moved his family to Cripple Creek, Colorado, during the gold rush days. That western town, like many mining communities, was a wild and wicked place. In fact, Thomas made a telling comment when he said, “In this wide open atmosphere, I soon felt right at home with sin.” Many Christians are like that. They are too much at home with sin.

The Rio Negro is the largest northern tributary that flows into the Amazon River. It is called the Rio Negro because its waters are inky black. The main stream of the Amazon is vastly different in color. It has a muddy red texture. When the Black River flows into the Amazon, the colors of the water are so distinct that you can actually capture them in a photograph. I’m told that the two rivers flow side by side without losing their identity for almost 50 miles. Then bit by bit the muddy waters of the Amazon absorb the black waters of the Rio Negro and it loses its identity.

That’s what often happens with Christian people. They flow side by side with the world until eventually they lose their Christian distinctiveness. They are absorbed into the habits, lifestyles, and practices of the world until they are no different from unbelievers.

The Bible says, “Be not conformed to this world.” The world does not expect Christians to be perfect, but it does expect them to be different. Don’t ever start feeling at home with sin. Keep your Christian distinctiveness.

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Today's Devotional

Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with the weight’s position on the scale beams determining how much a load was “padded.” A similar gimmick was used in a grain-storage operation in Colorado.

Such dishonesty is not a new problem. The Bible says, “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight” (Proverbs 11:1).

A false balance is just one way you can be dishonest in business. You can be dishonest by misrepresenting the facts about a product. You can be dishonest by taking advantage of the ignorance of others. You can be dishonest by making more than a fair and reasonable profit. You can be dishonest by not paying your debts. The one who does not pay his debts is a liar and a thief. He has given his word and not kept it. He has taken that which belonged to another and not paid for it.

All dishonesty grows out of greed and covetousness. Such dishonesty is an abomination (object of hatred, disgust) to the Lord. God can never be pleased with such things. But “a just weight is his delight.” God is pleased, even delighted, when people are honest and fair in business. Is God delighted with you? Not unless you are honest in every way.

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