Who you are with speaks volumes to what you do?
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
So today I am absolutely convinced that many mature Christians don't live as if they believe this statement, which means they don't believe the Bible. If you are willing to participate in sinful activity, then you are willing to put your desires ahead of God's desires. If I am to walk a mile with man in his struggle, then I should do so in an effort to turn him away from wickedness. It doesn't matter if he doesn't think he is sinning, let me rephrase that, it doesn't matter if he claims to not be sinning, if you know that he is then don't participate in the very sin that he commits. We must be about our Father's business. Yes this means we have to look at our behavior, activities and the things in which we get involved with and we have to say "no" to some things. Yes this pastor has had to look at activities in his life and say "no" to them of late. I don't always like the decision I have to make, but that is life, well not really, it the life of a surrendered child of God. For some, life is doing what they want, when they want to do it, without caring what anybody thinks. DON'T BE THAT GUY. LOOK FOR THOSE WARNING LABELS AND STEER CLEAR. DANGER, DANGER, DANGER! Sometimes you have to have things hit you in the face before you wake up and answer the call, but when hit in the face, we must respond in obedience. I will do this. I will be obedient to what God reveals to me. Will you? Sanctified and set apart means I should be different than those around me. If you are not doing the will of God in the activities of your life then stop doing those activities. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking this means only what we don't do, and yes I think what we don't do is important. However, we also need to take a look at what we ARE DOING! Are we teaching others to follow Jesus or their selfish desires.
B. What brothers are you eating with?
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
When you fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, is it edifying? Does it point them towards Jesus or away from Jesus. Does this matter to you? If your brother is sinning don't be a part of that sin. Yes, tell him the error of his ways, pray for and with him, give him scripture, however, don't dive in to the depths of his waywardness and claim it to be good and ok. Not when the scripture says not to even eat with one who proclaims the name, but refuses the walk. Now,you must do all the scripture says along the way. Love your brother enough to tell him the error of his actions. Talk to him about his testimony and/or the lack thereof, but don't dive head long in his inequity, destructively claiming the work of God. Call it what it is, sin. Be willing to man up and say the following, I am involved in sin because I want to do want I want to do. Then man up with the consequences that flow from your disobedience. Rest assured they will come.
C. Where are your soul traps?
Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, 25 Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
Please consider your actions as they effect the Kingdom of God. God deserves our very best and may we give Him our VERY BEST. We all have things to work on but let us all work on them!
Brother Big Daddy