45. Don't mix with this world

God told Moses that He will bring the Israelites into the Promised Land and that He will destroy all the inhabitants living there now. Why will He destroy them? Because they were evil in His sight and they worshiped detestable gods. And how will He destroy them? He will destroy them through the Israelites. They were to go into the Promised Land and not make any treaties with the people and they had to totally conquer them and destroy all their gods. They were not allowed to let these people live among them lest they turn their hearts away from God.

"You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water and I will keep you healthy." Exodus 24:25

God wanted them to serve Him only and to have nothing to do with those living in the land at that time. In fact He ordered them to totally destroy them.

Today as Christians we also live amongst the 'Canaanites' of old, people who are evil and who worship modern idols and gods. And we should learn a lesson from what God told the Israelites to do. He said they should not mix with them and they should not worship their idols. Now today we are not at liberty to destroy them as He told the Israelites they should, as we know that judgment is Jesus', not ours. But we need to make sure that we don't mix with them.

Now let me explain what I mean by not mixing. The Bible teaches us to love our enemies and do good to them, that means the 'Canaanites' of our society too. We should live by example and we should preach the gospel to them when the time is right. We work and live amongst them and we should be an example to them. Paul states this clearly:

"You must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven." Philippians 1:27

But, the Bible clearly states that we should choose our friends wisely and we should marry to fellow believers, because if we don't, the chances are that they would drag us down and not the other way around. It is much easier to pull someone standing on a wall from the wall, than to pull someone up a wall. We can easily be influenced by them.

I found that to be so true in my own life. I worked alongside many unbelievers and at a time I not only worked with them, but I hang out with them after work too. We became close friends and after a while my morale started slipping. I started to think that the worldly things that they were doing were okay and not so bad. It didn't touch me as much as it used to, and you know what, my relationship with God deteriorated. It was only when I took another job that I realized how much they had influenced me instead of the other way around. And you can see it with the Israelites too. We all know how they didn't destroy all the Canaanites in the land and how they allowed them to influence them, so much so that the Israelites started to worship their gods instead of the only true God and King! And that was their downfall.

We need to choose our friends and spouse wisely. A believer and an unbeliever cannot pull at the same yoke together, some time or another they will influence your relationship with God and that is not worth it. Let the unbeliever see God in your life and if they repent and become a believer too, wonderful! But if they decide that the world and what it offers is too alluring for them make sure that you don't spend too much time with them. Remember, we are from this world, but we are not of it. We are citizens of heaven and we need to act like it.

Father, thank you for all the unbelievers You place in our paths to share the Gospel with. But help us to discern when we should mix with them and share the Gospel and when not to. You are infinitely wise and thank you that we can trust You to help us. In Jesus' Name. Amen

2 comments for “45. Don't mix with this world”

  1. Gravatar of karlienkarlien
    Posted Monday, 15 April 2013 at 5:59:00 PM

    We thank the Lord everyday for Christian Friends, especially your mom and dad! They are such a blessing to us!! Reaching out to the unbelievers, THAT is the challenge God brings on our path.. Thank you for leading us through your texts we always receive. You are indeed a blessing to us as well..

  2. Gravatar of IlzeIlze
    Posted Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 3:11:18 PM

    You had me in tears!! Thank you and yes, they are such a blessing to me too as you are to them!

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