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Running With The Pack
1/19/2012

Running With The Pack

For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles - when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4:3-5 (NKJV)

I often hear people defend their personal associations with bad company by quoting scripture about being a light unto them.  I will agree we are to be salt and light to those around us, but we must also guard ourselves against being caught up and dragged down by those who are bent on walking in sin. 

All too often as Christian believers we can find ourselves running with the pack of those who long for this world, and unfortunately the association isn't always limited to simply being in the company of those who are living in sin, but leads into partaking in the very activities they are a part of. 

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)

We need to be mindful of our relationships and guard them closely.  I want to be clear here; we can and will have different types of relationships with people who do and don't know the Lord Jesus Christ, and who are walking in sin, but we must be mindful of what is at stake (1 Cor. 15:33; 2 Thess. 3:6).  We have been called to be a light unto them.  Those who are walking in sin will either be drawn to the light, or because of their love for darkness they will hate it.

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20 (NKJV)

If we are going to be a true light to others who are walking in sin it will mean we need to speak up to challenge, exhort or perhaps encourage, and it will always entail our actions being an imitation of what Jesus would do.  This might also include our simply walking away.  1 Peter 4:3-5 tells us those who practice sinful lifestyles will think it strange when we choose not to run with them, but we can also be assured a seed will have been planted and they will see our commitment to our Lord and Savior. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to stand firm in our walk with God.  Let's choose to be salt and light to those who don't know the Lord, and to those who may be stumbling. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our having fellowship with those who choose to walk in sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be a light unto everyone you associate with, whether it means speaking up or simply walking away?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to look at every relationship as an opportunity to be a reflection of God's light, and may He be glorified and given great honor in our actions. 

Let's pray...

Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love for us, and Lord it is our desire to be a light and reflection of Your love to those around us.  We want to be able to be what You have called us to be, but we confess we need You to guide us.  Help us Lord to have a proper heart and balance.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
 


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