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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 6:16-17

"What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.’ Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."

Have you ever done something that was an embarrassment to you? Something like spilling a tray in a crowded cafeteria and having every eye in the place watch as you scooped the food off the floor and into the trash. (I have!)

But there was one incident that still comes to my mind from time to time. I was teaching a Bible class to a sharp group of professionals. We always had a lot of fun as we searched God’s Word for hidden meaning.

One Sunday morning I was in a hurry getting ready for church and my final task was to slip into my shoes as our family flew out of the door. The class session was in full swing when one of the young women raised her hand and asked, “Is there a lesson you want to demonstrate by wearing one brown shoe and one black shoe?”

I looked down, and sure enough, I had made an awkward blunder. The room erupted in goodhearted laughter at my expense. When they finally quieted down I remarked, “You are not going to believe this, but I have a pair of shoes at home just like this!”

Over the years I have thought about that day---and yes, there is a lesson to be learned. All too often we try to go through life with one foot in the world and the other foot in God’s kingdom.

Paul, in writing to the church at Corinth in today’s Scripture is making a strong point that we have no business mixing the two. We need to be God’s people at all times. God does not call us to be part-time disciples. He calls us to come away from those things of the world that once ensnared us and be His children.

Since that silly moment so long ago, I now always check my shoes before leaving the house. I examine my appearance to see if things match. In the same manner we need to take the time for a spiritual self-examination. Paul says that we are to come out from the world and be separate. Are we? Can we honestly say that our walk matches our talk? It must!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and become a real blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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