Hello, beloved of CHRIST ❤️
I’m going to attempt to paint a picture in your head.
Do you have a dog? Or have you ever seen a dog chained to a post?
Whenever the dog wants to move, whenever it wants to run, whenever it wants to go forward, it will take step after step after step after step. But. It will get to a point where the chain holding the dog to the post will have reached its limits, and that chain will drag the dog back to where it started from. Can you picture that?
Well that’s how it is for us Christians. When you are connected to the wrong people and the wrong friends, like that dog, you will move and begin to feel like you have made some progress, and you will get to a certain point in your journey, only to be pulled back to square one.
Painful, isn’t it?
As a young and growing Christian, the kinds of friends you keep are important. The kinds of people you surround yourself with daily are important.
Friendship should be about purpose
In my last post, I wrote quite a bit on Luke 5:18-19. (If you missed it, read it here)
Today, we’re going to be talking about that same verse from a different angle.
18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus,
19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
WOW! Look at this! I love this scripture. Did you see what just happened?
The paralysed man has absolutely no way of reaching Jesus on his own. Not with the kind of crowd surrounded by Him.
But you see, HE WAS SURROUNDED BY LIKE- MINDED PEOPLE! His friends were men who had the same purpose he did!
That’s why when they saw they couldn’t reach Jesus the regular, conventional way, they didn’t give up. They said No o! By fire, by force, we must enter into Jesus’ presence. Our friend must receive his healing today. AND THEY DID JUST THAT.
They went through the roof to get to Jehovah.
Those are the kind of people I want to be surrounded with! Those are the kinds of friends I want to have!
Certain breakthroughs in your life could only come from God-ordained friends! The paralysed man would not have received his healing had it not been for his friends now, would he?
All I’m trying to say is, before entering a friendship, examine your purpose. Pleasing God is your purpose. Doing everything to the glory of God is your purpose. Find somebody with the same purpose.
Remember what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
14 The Temple of the Living God
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
Friendship is a covenant
I want you to realise how deep friendships are.
Let’s look at the two most celebrated friends in the Bible, David and Jonathan.
1 Samuel chapter 18, verse 1.
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.
Did you see what just happened? Jonathan became ONE IN SPIRIT” with David. That’s how deep friendships are. I want you to realise that.
Friendship. Is. A. Convenant. With. The. Most. High. God.
Okay? When you accept a person as your friend, a covenant is being made. That friendship is being recognised in Heaven. It is up to you to ask yourself and ask God whether or not it was made to be.
Gods wants to lead every aspect of your life. Allow Him to lead the friendship part too.
Ask God to disconnect you from any friends that are not in line with His plan for your life.
Ask God to connect you with friends that are in line with His will for your life.