“Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.” (Psalm 101:6)
The story was told about a king who lived up high in a mountainous region. He advertised for the position of a horse and carriage driver. He needed to get his commodities up the mountain and his words down to the townspeople. The road was narrow and very treacherous.
Three men applied for the job. As they were interviewed, the king asked each applicant, “How close can you drive the team and carriage to the edge of the cliff as you ascend the mountain?” The first applicant boasted he was skilled enough that he could drive upwards and within three feet of the edge of the cliff. The king thanked him for his time and called in the next candidate.
In the course of the interview, the king asked the next man the same question. He responded that he could push the team and coach within one foot of the side of the cliff. He likewise was thanked for his time, and the last applicant was called in. The king asked him the same question. He replied, “I would drive the horses and carriage as distant from the edge of the cliff as achievable.”
He got the job! Why? He knew the hazards of living too close to the edge. Everything could be gone in a split second. To take his own life and another’s livelihood carelessly would be treason to his position.
So it is with us. We cannot live life on the edge and expect that God will hold us. We must continue our walk as far from sin as possible. If we do, Christ guarantees our safe passage and employees us in His service.
He knows He can entrust us with His gifts and callings, and therefore sheds them upon us abundantly. We are then fit to carry His word down to those living in the valley. We can send up the highest praise because we are not flirting with disaster.
What about you? Do you remain as far from sin as the east is from the west? Or do you boast of your pet sins and tell others, surely God won’t punish us for these fleshly things?
My friend, you’re right, Christ did not come to condemn but to save and set captives free. It is we who condemn ourselves. It is our actions that testify against us and disqualifies us from the Master’s service. God will only use a soldier He can trust.
The King in the story wasn’t seeking to be impressed. He was searching for a faithful servant who would faithfully perform his duties in a careful and timely manner. One who would make sure the correct information reached the people.
We must safeguard against presumptuous sins. We are to cover our eyes that we behold no evil thing; our lips that they speak no guile; and our actions that we do not hurt others while in route to the King’s castle.
In essence, we are to live above reproach.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” (Psalm 101:3)
Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org