Today’s Scripture: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

There was once a spider that built a very beautiful web. He knew that if he left the carcasses of flies in the web, fewer flies would fly into it because they would see what was happening. So, when a fly would land in the web, he would dispatch the fly, get rid of the remains, and get the web ready for the next fly.

There was a fly flying by the web one day, and he thought he was pretty wise. He veered away from the web, and the spider said, “No wait, come on in, everything will be okay. We’ll just sit and have a nice conversation.”

The fly said, “No, if it was a good place for flies to be, there would be lots of flies in there. I don’t see any, so I’m not stopping.”

But then the fly looked down and saw a piece of paper that was covered with flies. The flies looked like they were dancing and having a good time. He thought that was where he wanted to be. But as he flew towards it, a bee flew up and said, “No, don’t go there, it’s a trap. If you land there, you’ll never leave.”

The fly thought, “No, there’s plenty of other flies there, that’s where I want to be,” and he flew into the flypaper, and was stuck, never again to leave.  He avoided one trap but not the other.

It is not enough to clean up just the flesh; the spirit also needs cleansing. Many Christians, though, spend their time defending things they want to do.  We should not be asking “Why not?” or “What’s wrong with this?” Rather we should be asking, “What’s right with this?” or “How will this help me serve God?” If this is what the Bible says, then let’s live this way. Let’s not pass the infection of sin down the line because “everyone else is doing it.”

If you want to defend a certain sin, all you have to do is look for it on the internet. You’ll find some Christian defending every type of sin. Don’t look to the internet for what is right and wrong, look to the Word of God. Agree with God: whatever He says is sin, is sin.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.