It is very difficult to deeply immerse yourself in the world and expect to live a godly life. It is important to spend time in good company because these people will help you to “keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.” Hang around those with integrity, those who are honest, those who will help build you up and equip you, those who know and love God and who are devoted to studying God’s Word and who regularly worship the Lord.
When you spend a lot of time in bad company, it wears off on you to the point no one can tell the difference between you and the worldly. Imagine a cup of water. The cup of water represents the godly life. The water is clear. However, if you take a tea bag (bad company) and dip it in the water, slowly the water changes color and taste. Little by little, you can add more tea bags or simply allow the tea to soak through the bag in time. The water changes. It’s no longer water. It’s tea. It is the same way with bad company.
We are to interact with sinners, to spend time with sinners. Each of us is in fact a sinner. Plus, if we were to isolate ourselves after being saved, then how would the Gospel be shared? Still, we all need a great community of godly friends to walk with us through life. I thank God for my mentors, my friends, my good company. They have helped to strengthen me, to pray for me, to point me in the right direction, to share Scripture, to comfort, to encourage. Join the company of good men and women.
“So—join the company of good men and women,
keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.
It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land,
the women with integrity who will last here.
The corrupt will lose their lives;
the dishonest will be gone for good.”
-Proverbs 2:20-22 [MSG]
One of the stories most taught to children that comes from the Bible is from chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel. We love to hear about how Daniel refused to give up praying to God, and was thrown into the den of a vicious lion, but was saved by God as a result of his trust in God. Afterward, when he was removed from the lion’s den, King Darius wrote a decree to the people. The decree said that all the people of the kingdom were to fear “the God of Daniel” (v. 26).
I think it’s important to note that it does not simply say God. When we think of King Darius calling God “the God of Daniel,” it gives us the impression that Daniel must have done something for such a close association. If Daniel did not act as he did, would Darius have said, “the God of Daniel” at all? I speculate that he wouldn’t have associated Daniel with God because he would have had no proof– no connection that Daniel served God.
Do you think that we should see our names there as well? Are we such dedicated Christians that people would look and say, “the God of…” has done this or has blessed him or her? Simply put, do we show people God and do we make it clear that we are Christians? If a poll was taken of your friends, co-workers, family members, what would they say?
We are to be image bearers of Christ. We are to shine the Light each and every day. If we aim to do that and we have some success, people will notice. Light is always noticed in the dark, no matter how small of a flicker. Right now we see a lot of darkness. May the Holy Spirit help you to shine some light somewhere today.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 [NASB]