Book: Proverbs 24
“My child, fear the Lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit suddenly…”
Have you ever noticed that when you start to spend time with a new group of people their culture, language and ideas shape you? Who we associate with has an impact on our thinking and actions.
There have been situations when I have spent time with a particular group of people who have engaged in negative talk. It has not been a place of true joy and I feel like I have rolled in a bath of mud as I hear their comments. I then have caught myself thinking negatively and ready to join into their toxic conversation. This is destructive. I have had to take myself away from them and ask the Lord to wash me clean of the negative thinking and attitudes.
I have also enjoyed associating with people who have a deep passion for God and a desire to see “His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” These guys are following the huge dream and vision God has given to them. What God has called them to do is much bigger than they could do on their own, God has to do it. Being involved with them spurs me on in my passion for the Lord. When one of us is down, being attacked, or needs support the group rallies behind them. When one of us sees breakthrough and God does incredible things in their lives or ministry, everyone rejoices and praises God. Being associated with people like this makes your faith grow as miracles take place in front of you regularly. These guys truly fear the Lord, the King of kings. I want to spend as much time as I can with them as we pursue God and His plans.
It is important that each one of us consider what type of people we associate with and what type of people we should associate with. Even some church goers can be a negative influence on us. We need to find people who are passionate about their relationship with God which is resulting in their lives being more like Christ’s. I want to be with people who are growing and obeying God not giving up on life or staying at their same level with their relationship with God. What kind of associates do you want in your life?