An aged fable tells how Satan once approached the Almighty, and complained that his work on earth was becoming monotonous and boring.

“I want you to know,” he said, “that I have nothing to do day after day.”

“That’s hard to understand,” replied God. “There’s plenty of work to be done, only you must display more initiative. Why don’t you try to lead people into sin?”

“Lead people into sin!” complained Satan. “Before I can get a chance to do anything, they are sinning already.”

In 1 Corinthians 1:18, Paul spoke of “those who are perishing.”

It means entire failure to be what God intends a man to be: the disease of sin running its course unchecked. It indicates an increasing distance from God, a gradual sinking into depravity, a withdrawal and drift downward, in spite of all efforts made to pull oneself up.

It is what some have called radical corruption. It means man is depraved in the radi,x or root, of his being, influencing everything he does.

Samuel Clemens said, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”

A minister told how he was in a motel that had a little notice up just for fun, but it made its point.

It said, “We will now accept dogs. We have not admitted dogs, but we can have dogs stay here now.”

It said, “After all, no dog ever set the place on fire with a cigarette. No dog ever went out without paying his bill. No dog ever stole our blankets or towels.”

Then, it had a little notice underneath that was just for the owners: “If you can get your dog to vouch for you, we’ll let you stay here, too.”

We are in a bad way when we have to get the endorsement of a dog to stay somewhere.

“Jesus was in better company in the stable than He would be today at many a Christmas party” (M. R. DeHahn).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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