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Drifting Towards God

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NKJV)

Multibillionaire, Warren Buffet once said, “It’s better to hang out with people better than you, … Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.

Drifting seems to be what many of us do best.  It implies wandering with no set course—being drawn in various directions by various things—sort of like swimming in the ocean and being carried along by the current.

Q:         So is drifting a good thing or a bad thing?

Well, I guess it depends on which way we are drifting, and what is drawing us in the direction we are drifting.  

Friends, family, acquaintances, Hollywood or sporting celebreties, and writers can usually be a significant influence upon us.  Their actions, beliefs, and ways of living can greatly influence us in some of our thoughts and choices, and it could very well be, we end up resembling them.  This can be good, or this can be bad, depending on how we are being influenced.  Proverbs speaks of this.

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)

Now if others are able to influence us by what we see and hear in their lives, then the same principle holds true for us—we can influence others by our actions and attitudes.  We see a great example of this in the Book of Acts.  After Peter and John had went to the temple and spoke in boldness about salvation being in Jesus Christ, we are told, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).  Those who looked upon Peter and John could tell they had been in the presence of Jesus by their very actions. 

Now we are told to be salt and light to those who don’t know Jesus (Matt. 5:13-16), so we know God wants us to be around those who need to know about Jesus.  But we must first make it our priority to spend time with Jesus every day if we are to cause others to drift His way and keep ourselves from drifting away from Him. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to spend time with Jesus so others will be able to clearly see we have been in His presence. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn with respect to how others will affect us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: When others see you can they see you have been in the presence of Jesus?  Are the people who influence you causing you to drift towards God, or away from Him?

APPLICATION: Let’s make it our top priority to spend time in the Word of God spending time with Jesus.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for giving us Your Son to be our Lord.  Jesus it is our heart to get to know You better today so others might see You in us, and be drawn to You.  Fill us with Your light today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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