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]
You cannot go anywhere without hearing about how to stay young and beautiful. There are so many different medications, treatments, home remedies, fitness regimes, etc. to help people stay looking young and beautiful. There are so many types of makeup as well as medical procedures to help keep this look as the years continue.
Is there something on the market that can make a person beautiful forever? Not at all. Eventually the face lifts and makeup cannot hide what natural aging has done to one’s face. But we are told in Isaiah of this promise to be beautiful forever. Only God could make someone or something beautiful forever.
God has offered each one of us eternal life. God has promised that he will make all things new. When you accept him into your heart, when you give your life to Jesus, as one of the saints you will be beautiful forever. Forever could start today. If you haven’t accepted Jesus into your life, or if it has been awhile since you have turned to Jesus, now is a great time to start your forever. Trust me, it will be beautiful.
“Though you were once despised and hated, with no one traveling through you, I will make you beautiful forever, a joy to all generations.” – Isaiah 60:15 [NLT]