Over the years, I have realized bad company corrupts good morals when your heart starts to crave the world more than the will of God.
I love having friends. It’s honestly one of my greatest joys in life, socializing, that is. Almost to a fault I have pursued having as many friends that I can for as long as I can remember. It never really mattered their interests either. I like everyone. Democrat, Republican, sinner, saint, sports junky, video game junky, etc. I just enjoy people. Couldn’t really explain to you why it is that I love people, I just do.
I want to share with you my experience of how friends started to fall off throughout the course of my life.
I’ve found that when you start to live for God with your whole heart there are things that automatically start to take place. One of those things being: who hangs around your life. If everyone around you knows you are a believer then, for the most part, you’ll find people start to act accordingly. Meaning, depending on their views of spirituality they will start to treat you as such.
The atheist might demean your intelligence, the lukewarm Christian might be offended by your literal approach to Christ, the heathen that knows better might act in humility towards you knowing he/she needs to clean up their act. In my experience the more you walk in the Spirit the more things will begin to change.
It was said amongst my friends that the high school I attended had a lot of parties. To be honest, I didn’t know that was the case, because I was never invited to parties. The main reason being everyone knew I would have said no to going.
Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals
We are all so very subject to becoming intoxicated by bad morals. The world, the flesh, and the devil are trying their best to consume you. Each and everyone of use are influenced on the outside in some way. The key is to surround yourself with people who are committed to Christ as you are. That’s why we need the church.
If we are constantly bombarded with evil and never anything Christ induced we fail to keep our fight of faith. Paul tells us, “We are to be in the world and not of the world.” We shouldn’t try to escape non-believers by disassociating from them, rather we are to pursue them with the gospel. We are called to chase after them and allow the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sins.
A heathen isn’t gonna want to stay around a good Christian for very long because either they will repent or reject and get angry, their flesh will get riled up. The key for us to be in a safe haven is to spend more time with the Lord and His people than people in the world. It’s hard when you work in the secular environment but that’s why the Lord makes provisions for us to spend time with Him before and after work.
Your Sphere of Influence
When I think about this topic my mind goes back to a man in scripture by the name of Jabez. Not much is known about this man. He was listed in a genealogy in Chronicles very briefly. But what’s so amazing about the mention of Him was he prayed a very simple, yet powerful prayer. “Lord enlarge my territory, and bless me indeed.”
The Bible says, “The Lord granted what He requested.” That means God wants to enlarge our circle of influence for His glory. Not for us to hoard the blessing to just Christians, but to show the world who Christ is revealed through our lives. The plan of God is for to share Jesus with everyone, how are we to do that if we shun and stay away from the world all the time?
Jesus spent most of His earthly ministry with people who society felt were worthless sinners. Christ intentionally sought out the demoniac, the broken, the harlot, the drunk; are we not to follow in His foot steps? Let us compel them to come, all who will listen about the great things He has done.