7. Too Much Stuff Can Make Us Too Comfortable in This World and Apathetic to Our Need for Christ
“People will become lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying it’s power. Have nothing to do with them.” 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 (NIV)
We’re called to live against the societal grain, and it puts us in a position to make uncomfortable choices in company. It could be an “iron sharpens iron” conversation that we avoid like the plague because we know it’s going to be hard, uncomfortable, or possibly rejected. Other times, it’s a “walk away” from admonishing the things that we cannot go along with because of Who we live our lives for. When we take control of those moments, we risk forgetting our own human frailty in exchange for unfair judgment.
When we put God’s servant-based definition of friendship before our innately selfish desire for company and inclusion, it frees us to embrace the people that He places in our paths. The company we keep is less about us, and more about His purpose and plan. We can love others that are different from us in every way, His way, if we remain in Him.
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