Once upon a time (as all good stories begin), there was a successful trucking company. Like most, it wanted to hire only the very best drivers available.
One day they took three potential employees on test runs. They gave them written exams to make sure they knew the rules of the road...and then they asked their final question.
They asked each driver how close to the edge of a steep cliff they could stop their rig!
The first driver said, "I can safely stop about two feet back from the edge."
The second driver said, "I can do better than that!...I can safely stop about six inches from the edge."
The third driver, who got the job, said, "I wouldn't take my truck anywhere near that cliff...It's not safe!"
Now...like many good stories...this one has a moral to it.
Many of us, although graciously saved from our sins, continue to play on the cliff's edge. We tiptoe near the edge...we peer over into the abyss...we dangle our legs over...
We should be living as God's slaves to obedience...and recognizing SIN for what it is... DANGEROUS...We shouldn't be going anywhere near that cliff...It's not safe!
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7