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Rusty Saints

Chaucer once said in reference to the low morals of the clergy of his day, “If gold rust, what should iron do?” Rusty saints—that’s one of the tragedies of our day. According to the Bible, saints are followers of Christ, not statues in a corner or exceptionally good people who have gone to heaven. There are too many Christians whose lives are tarnished by sin. Thus they rob the world of an example of what God can do in a person’s life and what their lives might become.

A writer once dedicated a book this way: “To J. Y. Simpson, who makes the best seem easily credible.” That’s what every Christian is to do. We must so live and conduct ourselves that others see life at its best. More than that, they see it as a possibility for themselves.

No Christian can think lightly of the lowering of his moral standards. The world provides many deliberate enticements to sin. However, no Christian ought to allow himself to become rusty or tarnished by yielding to them. In moral principles, daily habits, everyday language, and personal relationships, we should seek to live by the highest standards possible. It is only then that we can give the world the example that it needs.

If there are rusty spots on the armor of your character, now is the time to remove them. Using the abrasions of confession and repentance, let God polish you again. Then the world will have a real live, flesh and blood example of God’s purifying and cleansing power.

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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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