WHEN YOU REALLY WANT TO WALK WITH ‘GOD’,
YOU DESIRE TO COME TO TERMS WITH EVERY DETAIL.
YOU GET BOTHERED BY LITTLE THINGS…
Proverbs 4:23, 26-27
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
“A RELIGION WORTH HAVING”
DR. F. E. MARSH used to tell that on one occasion he was preaching on the importance of confession of sin and, wherever possible, of restitution for wrong done to others.
Afterward a young man came up to him and said: “Pastor, you have put me in a sad fix. I have wronged another and am ashamed to confess it or try to put it right.
I am a boat-builder, and the man I work for is an unbeliever. I have talked to him often about his need of Christ and have urged him to come and hear you preach, but he scoffs and ridicules it all.
“In my work, copper nails are used because they do not rust in the water, but they are quite expensive, so I had been carrying home quantities of them to use on a boat I am building in my back yard.”
The pastor’s sermon had brought him face to face the fact that he was just a common thief. “But,” he said, “I cannot go to my boss and tell him what I have done, or offer to pay for those I have used. If I do he will think I am just a hypocrite, and yet those copper nails are digging into my conscience, and I know I shall never have peace until I put this matter right.”
One night he came again to Dr. Marsh and exclaimed, “Pastor, I’ve settled for the copper nails, and my conscience is relieved at last.”
“What happened when you confessed?” asked the pastor.
“Oh, he looked queerly at me, and then said, ‘George, I always did think you were just a hypocrite, but now I begin to feel there’s something in this Christianity after all. Any religion that makes a dishonest workman confess that he has been stealing copper nails, and offer to settle for them, must be worth having.”
–Emergency Post Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations.
“I have a friend who began to walk with God in earnest, and he said, ‘When I got to the place that I couldn’t even take a paper clip, I knew that God had really gone deep in my life.’”
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL STEP
ON THE ROAD TO TEMPTATION
OR ON THE PATHWAY TO REVENGE AND RETALIATION.
EVEN A SMALL STEP IN THAT DIRECTION IS A WRON