A company was well known for its highly effective sales personnel. They were able to outperform all of their competitors by their volume of sales, the new customers they attracted, and the loyalty of their old ones.
Once, during an interview, a professor asked the personnel director what he did to attract so many outstanding people to his company. After thinking for a moment he replied, “We give them a water test.”
The professor was surprised. He thought he knew of every pre-employment test available. So he asked, “What is the water test?”
“Well,” he responded, “before we hire anyone, we take them into a room where the faucet is running, the sink is overflowing, and water is pouring onto the floor. We offer the person a mop and say ‘Mop up the water.’ If they begin to mop up the water without turning off the faucet, we know they are poor problem-solvers and decision-makers and they would not be good employees. So, we don’t hire them.”
Too often Christians try to “clean” up their lives without turning “off” old habits and behaviors that lead to sin. If we want to become who God wants us to become, we must turn away from every temptation that can distract, defeat, or destroy us. We can solve the problem of sinning if, when we are tempted, we turn from it and pray, and avoid the appearance of evil.
Prayer: We ask, Heavenly Father, for Your Holy Spirit to “sound an alarm” and get our attention when we face temptation and sin. Give us Your courage to resist! Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Stay away from every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22