Activate: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Ps. 1:1-2
Elevate: Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are who you hang around.” This is one of those classic go to lines parents use when teaching about the power of influences. If you’re going to be intentional about growth then it’s vital to identify your circle of influence and determine what type of input they are giving you.
I remember in high school the effect my friends had on me. In a way their input adjusted what I thought was cool. Those friends brought compromise into my walk and it made it harder for me to serve the Lord.
Your sphere of relationships provides a framework of values and thoughts. Make sure you’re allowing the faithful to speak words of life to your spirit. If you do, the result will be a blessed life. In our scripture above the word blessed has a Hebrew meaning of straight or right. There is something to say about living in a way that would please the Lord. Not where our righteousness is provided by our works but where our actions coincide with our commitment to keep Him first.
The truth is we all have to watch who we gravitate to. This strategy is about making sure your relationships are encouraging your growth. If you want to mature in the area of: finances, marriage, responsibility, Biblical understanding or personal time with Jesus then it’s important to walk with the faithful. Don’t walk in step with those who undermine your faith. In 1 Cor. 15:33 it says, “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
I know it sound like I’m encouraging you to judge, right? It’s very easy to misinterpret Jesus’ teaching on judging others. Of course we are not the judge, that position is reserved for King Jesus. But you can make an observation on who you should be walking with. Jesus never intended for us to be blind when it comes to observing the fruit in one’s life. We must be able to make a distinction between good company and bad company. A person’s value is intrinsic but how they choose to walk will determine the type of companionship they will have along the way.
Cultivate: Consider an area you want to grow in, and find a person that emulates that quality or characteristic. Call them today and set up a time to connect by doing: coffee, lunch or sonic happy hour.