On Saturday, I wrote a little post on Friends. Friends (not the tv show) is something I have been thinking a lot about lately. Not only in my own life, but as I watch the younger generation in our church choose friends. Now I’m not saying I am a good judge of friends, as I know I have choose some wrong friends in the past and was that wrong friend in the past. But having lived on both sides of that fence that separate right and wrong, I think I can tell the paths that people are headed on….and the Bible also helps define those paths and the people that walk on them.
Yesterday, in Sunday School, the lesson was on the crucifixion of Christ and the events that led up to it. Bro. Pete focused on the event where the crowd chose to free Barrabas and crucify Christ. He talked about the crowd and how it was the worldly crowd because it chose the sinner over the Saviour. Now I know that Christ had to die to be able to save us from our sins but this is a good illustration of the worldly crowd.
Here is a simple definition of what I am going to call the worldly crowd.
- First the worldly crowd can be those that are saved but live and act like the world the majority of the time.
- Second the worldly crowd are those who are lost and living in the world.
There are always more people going the way of the world than the way of Christ. There are always more who want to live for self than live for Christ. So because of this, it is hard to find the right friends. You should be friendly to everyone, but you don’t have to hang out and chill with everyone.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if your crowd is a godly crowd or a worldly crowd:
- Is more of your crowd lost than saved?
- Is more of your crowd out of church than in church?
- Does your crowd look like, talk and act more like the world than the Word of God?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions than you are probably with the wrong crowd.
If you are with the wrong crowd now, don’t be surprised when you end up the same place they do. Because if you walk with the worldly crowd, you are going the same direction they are.
The worldly crowd does not care about you. The world does not care about your future. The world does not care about the next generation. The world wants to destroy you and make you unusable for Christ.
Choose the right crowd, choose to make friends with those who are serving God and living for God.