Run for Dear Life

“…Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9)

The Message Bible paraphrases the above verse as “run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good”. In other words, Paul admonishes us to identify evil and not only to run away from it, but to run quickly towards what is good. As believers, we know exactly where the “line between good and evil” is located…and we know when we’ve ventured too close to that line.  I remember warning my children about playing too near the street or deep end of the pool. For their own safety, they were to stay far from both; otherwise they might cross the “line of danger”…and be badly hurt.  Like children, we often walk too close to the “line of spiritual danger” thinking that we’ll never cross over.  The workplace is no exception. It too has “lines of danger” that can lead to trouble. Sometimes we deliberately flirt with the edge without regard to the hazards that linger on the other side. We think we’ll never step over the line of compromising safety, fudging numbers, insider trading, marital unfaithfulness, exaggerating delivery dates, stealing, taking credit for someone’s work, procedural shortcuts, etc. The Bible says in Amos 5:14 (NLT) to do what is good and to run from evil –that you may liveThe Lord God Almighty will truly be your helper

Throughout history, men have used just about every conceivable excuse to justify sin. Whether one-time or a continually repeated sin, we excuse it by saying, “The Devil made me do it,” “I had no choice,” or “I could not help myself”. But we know that sin is a matter of individual choice and it begins with discerning good from evil (Hebrews 5:14) and then refusing the evil and choosing the good (Isaiah 7:15). It is all about choices. James wrote, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him… (James 1:13).

Your workplace challenge is to identify the “lines of danger” in your workplaces and then decide to stay far from them. Begin by memorizing and adopting Paul’s words in Romans 16:19-20; “Be wise in what is good and innocent of what is evil, knowing that the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet”. So, make today count by choosing to always do the right thing.