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Who Has More Power: The Circle or You?
Most of us live life in relational circles. We have a circle of friends at work, one at the gym, another at our church, and others that revolve around hobbies or interests. Some circles last for decades, some are short lived. Hard to tell about circles. People drop out. Others move on. Some disband altogether.
Sometimes we choose the circle; sometimes the circle chooses us. But make no mistake, regardless of the circle’s size or purpose, every circle contains more influence potential than we can imagine; and usually more than we can control.
Now if you’re a natural born leader and you want in on a particular circle, you probably won’t stop to gauge the direction of the influential winds. Heck, you’ll shape those when you get there. That’s who you are. But even if you have no intention of leading the circle, you’ll still have a say in where it’s going, right? And if it gets too uncomfortable you can simply move on. But before you sign on the dotted line, or go all in headfirst, you might want to check this thinking at the door.
THE LIE: “I can affect the company I keep more than they can affect me.”
“He who walks with wise men will become wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”Proverbs 13:20
Christians have access to all the power of God. But by no means does that make them all powerful. And especially when it comes to the company we keep. You might be really influential, and yes I know, you’re the salt of the earth and the light of the word. I get it. I’m all in on that one. But when it comes to our relationships, there’s another force to be reckoned with. So the wisest man in the world offers a bit of advice. Be careful who you hang with.
What do you see in this verse?
Does this verse tell me not to hang with people who don’t know the Lord?