God designed us to live in community. These are the people who influence our lives and shape our existence. They either build us up or tear us down.
The biggest struggle I have had in my life is letting “anybody” in my life and giving them influence in how I live. Let me say this is a terrible idea because as God rips these people from your life you wonder what did you do wrong. Truth is you became attached to something that was not good for you. These people steer you the wrong way.
John Simmons of Rush Creek did a great job on the subject this past Sunday. He said friends are not to make you FEEL good, but to make you DO good.
Like this flower with missing petals . It is still a flower. It can do what flowers do, just not to its full capacity. That is how we are. We are learning to get by on what we got instead of operating the way God intended us. Our power comes in numbers.
Based on the list of Wise Friends and Foolish Friends, I had the opportunity this week to evaluate my friendships. People who I thought I knew, I didn’t know. But the process helped me put them in their proper place. When people show you who they are, believe them.
Just because someone loves Jesus doesn’t mean they love you. Let me say this again. When Jesus accepts people into his family, He didn’t say you can only get in if you stop being a racist.
He said whoever believes in me will have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The good news is that we will have perfect bodies and attitudes when we get to heaven and these times won’t even be a memory. I love the song that says “He will take the darkness from our eyes.”
Until then, I will unfriend and block all racist attitudes. What they will miss are the amazing treasures God gives me that I share will others. It is the price they pay. If the Lord can hand them over to their darkness, so can I.
And on the other hand, I encountered people who make me better. At Rush Creek we believe in living life together in Lifegroups. The people who went beyond anything I could have ever imagined. They walked the talk. I hear God saying that if I let Him chose my friends, He will give me life abundantly. He picks wise friends who know and fear Him. I am overwhelmed by His grace.
God’s grace surrounds us, but with tragedy all around us we can miss it. One of the things I noticed out of all the tragedy this week came something amazing. Imagine if there had been a time to get Abraham, Isaiah, Moses and David all together under one roof and have them speak to the awesomeness of our God.
There was a moment this week when amazing men of God came together to fill everyone with hope. How incredible!
What Satan meant to destroy us, God used to unite us in an incredible way. These men influence a community towards love. God is getting some glory out of this.
Stop fighting those people God is pulling out of your life. They are not good for you. Surround yourself with people who make you better. You need people in your life you remind you to have compassion for others. Those who will cry with you.