Surrounding Yourself With Allies

alliesAllies.  Partners.  Friends.  We all need them and especially more so if we are to walk through the sinful mess that is the world we live in.  True, we are all individually responsible to God for our own behavior and actions, but God doesn’t want us facing this world alone.  He created the church for this very reason.  And the people of the church, other Christians, are our allies in the important spiritual battles we are sure to face in this life.

In order to align ourselves with our Christian allies, we must first separate ourselves from this world.  The crowd we associate with drastically affects who we are and can pull us away from God and our mission to serve him.  “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the living God.  As God has said, ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’  ‘Therefore come out from them and be separate, Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

There should not be fellowship between the righteous and the lawless.  There is no agreement amongst the light and the dark.  Bad company corrupts good character (1 Cor. 15:33), but keeping with good company can help us.  We are the ekklesia, the “called out,” which means our lives should reflect Christ and not the world.  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” 1 Peter 2:9-12).

Having been called out of darkness, we have a responsibility to live as strangers in the world.  We are merely pilgrims awaiting our new calling into our heavenly home!

(Being one of the chosen of God does not mean we are members of some exclusive club thoough.  God’s invitation is open to anyone willing to accept his gift of grace by obeying the gospel plan of salvation.  That plan involves hearing the Word (Romans 10:14), believing in Him (Hebrews 11:6), repenting of your sin (Acts 17:30), confessing belief in Jesus (Romans 10:10), baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), and a commitment to live a faithful life for Christ (1 Peter 2:9).  Please contact me through the comment section of this post if you are ready to accept God’s invitation of grace and forgiveness.)

-Joe

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5 thoughts on “Surrounding Yourself With Allies

  1. mgsunshine

    Please do you have any Godly counsel in how we are to separate from family members and relatives while still honouring and respecting them?

    1. Joe Butler

      I believe you are dealing with a very difficult situation that many Christians, especially those who live in persecuted countries, deal with. While we are supposed to love everyone, living daily with a spouse, family member or close friend who does not acknowledge God is one of the hardest things to overcome. Our relationship with others is one of the best blessings God gives us and yet Satan will use those very relationships to tear apart your faith. When Jesus teaches in Luke 14:26-27 that we are to love him more than we love our own families, he is not suggesting that we simply abandon them or no longer associate with them. He is teaching us that nothing, not even our own family can become an idol that we place higher than God. I’m sure you’re aware that in many countries around the world that proclaiming to be a Christian is like a death sentence. Many families will disown and try to kill anyone in their family who places their allegiance in God. Sadly, for some Christians, this is the cost of being a disciple that Jesus was referring to in Luke 14. For everyone to pick up their cross and daily follow him, the cost may be high. Respect and honor is always still due to parents and family members, but the manner in which you honor God is most important. It honors God when we stay in tough relationships because we promised to or we extend grace and mercy to those who don’t believe or have the maturity to do so yet. Just remember, the small amount of time dealing with persecution and difficulty in this life pales in comparison to the eternity we will spend with Him in perfection.

  2. Joe Butler

    You’re quite welcome. And don’t forget, prayer is a powerful tool to help others open their hearts to receive the message of God’s saving grace. I will be sure to include you and your family in my prayers and ask that you will be granted an added measure of patience and that your family will see your example and your love for Christ and hopefully be drawn to him.

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