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Show Me Your Friends

Posted: Saturday, September 3

 Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
Psalm 47:1-9
Proverbs 22:16 

 

Verse of the day:

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:1)


I am not sure who said it first but one of the staple one liners that all youth pastors are trained to learn is “Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.” Anyone that has lived through the triumphs and tragedies of being a teenagers knows the truth of this statement. Our friends have a huge impact and influence upon our day to day decisions. Many of the regrettable actions of our past are now permanently a part of our memory because a friend convinced us it was okay.  All of us have either used our friendship power for bad and for good. Peer pressure is a powerful thing.

 

 

So when we read our verse of the day, why are we so easily offended and become defensive about the close relationships in our lives. For those of us with unbelieving family and co-workers, we quickly jump to their defense and yell, “How will they ever know Jesus if I am not a part of their life?” Are we not supposed to be a light in the darkness? Are we not supposed to have relationships with people that are not believers?

 

 

I think our offense rises because we focus on the wrong words in the verse. For us, words like unbeliever, righteousness / wickedness, and light /darkness all stand out. Those are the words Paul uses to describe people. They are labels. They are judgement word. They offend. However, what if we change our focus to words like team up, partner, live with? Those are the action words. They don’t define the people but the relationship. They don’t judge the person, but they measure the amount of influence that person has over my life.

 

 

I think what Paul is focusing on is not the people, but the level of influence we allow them to have over our lives. If you allow an unbeliever to have equal influence in your life, you will find that, because things are equal, you will have to compromise. As some point, you will have to give in. As a Christian, we should live above. We should be righteous and not allow the unrighteous behavior of other to drag us to their level.

 

 

We can be friends with unbelievers, but we should make sure that those friendships are not driving your life. They should not be equal partners. Make sure the people that have that much influence over your life are heading in the same direction as you are. Then you will not have to compromise and can be the example of light in the darkness that God wants you to be.