The Company We Keep

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, (Heb 11:24).

 I can remember the famous saying, and my grandparents said it quite a few times, my parents said it too, and I never really thought about it until recently. Are you ready for the quote? Here it is: “If you lie down with dog’s, you will wake up with fleas”. Sounds kind of, well, simple, but for a kid it seemed to be such a great illustration. It was a great illustration to myself in the company I keep. Usually this was said when I chose to hang around those that my family may not have approved of. It was always a constant reminder that people know us by the company we keep. How true that is. Two things to mention today about the company we keep

 People not only know us by the company we keep, but the company we keep will influence us. Paul said it this way “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (! Cor 15:33). See the concept about lying down with dogs and waking up with fleas is a very Biblical concept. It is a concept that God shows us over and over through His word.  You know it is so much easier to act as God would have us to act when we are surrounded by God’s people. Likewise, it is so much easier to act like the world when we are away from God’s people, have you ever noticed that? God’s word not only tells us about this, but also gives us a great example in Peter. Peter who you remember told the Lord “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be” (Mark 14:29) when he was in the presence of Gods people, denied the Lord three times when he was by the fire.

 People will know that we are Christians by the company we keep. Jesus said it “By this will all the world know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). We normally stay close to those we love, and those we do not care for we normally stay away from. Young people do you know that there are those that watch you to see where your priorities are? Believe it or not, there are those who watch you to see who you choose to be with w en given the choice, Gods people, or those who may be involved in some other activity.

 Thankfully there is no question about whom Moses chose. Moses could have lived a life in relative luxury; the decision was his to be with Gods people. But what a great decision it was.  Because of his decision we have no question that Moses loved God, and Moses wanted to serve God. What will people think of us by our decision? I pray they will think of us just as we think of Moses, that each of us love God, love the people of God, and love God’s word, by the actions each of us show.