Perhaps you may have heard the old expression that when someone wants you to do something and tries to convince you, they are «egging you on.» Check out this story.
Rover (a dog, of course) lived on a working farm in North Dakota. He performed many chores, such as helping to round up cattle, chasing off coyotes, and guarding the henhouse. But he did have a problem. The dog loved eggs, and every once in a while, he’d steal one from the very place he was supposed to guard. When he got caught, the farm family punished him, but he still loved eggs.
When Rover got old, the farmer brought home a puppy named Rags. The newcomer was to learn the ways of the farm from old Rover, which he did. According to the people who witnessed it, Rags learned a little too much from his aging master.
One day the farmer saw Rover and Rags in what looked like deep conversation. Suddenly Rags ran to the henhouse and soon returned with a big egg held gently in his teeth. He carefully placed the meal at Rover’s paws. The older dog gratefully gobbled it up.
Whether you believe such a thing actually happened isn’t important. (The farmer firmly sticks by his story.) It does illustrate an important point. Not everything someone tells you to do is something you should do. Sin is still sin, whether we choose to commit it on our own or whether a best friend, a parent, or even a schoolteacher «eggs us on.» We’re to obey God first in all things!