6/3 - Free from the Wold - Part 2
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. What has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Come out from among unbelievers and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not any unclean thing and I will receive you.” II Cor. 6:14,15,17
Usually when anyone starts talking about holiness and living a life separated from the world, they are quickly reminded that “Jesus ate with sinners.” That is true. Jesus was often seen among the lost people of his day. The real question that needs to be addressed is, why? Was he hanging out with them having fun or was he reaching out to them with the love and power of God?
The Word of God commands to sever everything that hinders our walk with God. Some of these things are sins, others are weights that hold us back from reaching the mark that is set before us. Often it’s people we’ve allowed into our lives who don’t share our faith.
Every person in your life is on one of three levels.
- The same level as you
- A level below you
- A level above you
I’m, of course, speaking of spiritual levels. The one equal to you is for fellowship. The one above you can lift you up. The one below you might pull you down. Friendships should be chosen wisely and never should we allow anyone or anything to come between us and God.
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, telling them not to associate with people who are immoral. He warned them that, “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” He didn’t mean that they should altogether shun these people, since that would require leaving this world. Rather, they were not to associate with them, partaking of their sins or even be influenced by them. Paul exhorted the believers not to eat with those living immoral lives. We would do well to heed this warning today. Let us keep ourselves from anything or anyone that would stop us from getting closer to God.
Prayer - Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that your Spirit lives in me. I ask for wisdom to make right decisions for my family. Help me to find a balance between loving people and protecting ourselves from the world’s influence. As a Christian, I want my light to shine. As a parent, help me to say no when I should, in order to protect my children from ungodly people and their influence. In the name of Jesus, amen!