The Crowd You Choose

Watering the Tulips



“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed”Proverbs 13:20

How often have you heard it said of someone, “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time”?  This is a common statement in our society.  Yet, we do have some control over that, don’t we?  The Bible plainly states here that the company you keep will have an effect on you.  Your friends will either bring you up or bring you down.  It’s just the way we are made.  Peer pressure is not something that only affects school age children. 

Children of God need positive Christian influences.  We need Christian role models to follow.  Paul told the Corinthian assembly, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).  But, they had to know Paul to imitate him, right?  Of course they did!  That’s common sense.  And, we need to know some faithful believers to follow their example.  Simply put, we need fellowship with other Christians.  These believers need to be faithful in word and in deed (Colossians 3:17). 

The Jerusalem church set a wonderful example for us.  Acts 2:42 says, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers”.  These believers continued to fellowship around the Lord and His Word.  In fact, it says they continued “steadfastly”.  They were very diligent in working out their salvation (2 Peter 1:5-8).  Oh that we would all be so diligent!

In contrast to a positive influence, a negative influence cannot benefit your spiritual life.  If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, would you not have been better to have never been in the wrong place at all?  The answer is obvious.  “The companion of fools will be destroyed”.  This has often happened.  Many “good” people (humanly speaking) have died because they were hanging around the wrong people – young and old alike. 

The company you keep as a servant of Christ is very important.  Paul said, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33).  If you think your wicked friends are not bringing you down, you have deceived yourself – or you deny that this Bible verse is true.  Take your pick.  Nonetheless, the Bible is correct and it has proven out again and again.  “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).  Enough said…

If you are interested in serving the Lord and growing in Him, you must choose your friends wisely.  Take a moment to consider if your friends are helping to “grow you up” in Christ…or not.

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