One bad apple can spoil the bunch. A popular phrase to express one person’s demeanor affecting a group of people.
That’s what came to me today as I was washing my blueberries. I found a rotten one deep in the container, I rushed to take it out…after all they will make the rest of my blueberries bad. I remember hearing this saying many times while going to school. If you put a rotting fruit among the good fruit, these good fruits will be exposed to the gases released from the bad fruit causing them to go bad as well.
These days kids are grown up in a society where the word “bad” or “no” is not a word that should be used to correct one’s behavior but replacing it with more positive words. I grew up in a different time when bad was bad and no was no. Either way, can someone else’s behavior and actions truly affect me? After all, I am not the one doing the actions…
Don’t be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals – 1 Corinthians 15:33
I remember growing up and wanting to fit in with the crowd. Even though my conscience would say not to do something, I would still do it and pretend to enjoy it so I can fit in. Now that I am a bit older I appreciate having people around me that can build me up, ones I can look up to.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. – Proverbs 13:20
This is something I am trying to instill into my kids’ lives and the lives of people that I am blessed to come in contact with. Iron sharpens iron, you want to be made sharper by being around people that have the same values. I remember seeing my dad, as a child, taking a knife, and rubbing it against another knife to sharpen it. Rubbing a sponge against a knife will not sharpen it, but after a while the knife might start to get dull. Same with hanging out with people, it can either sharpen you or eventually dull your very own conscience. Possibly searing it to the point you can’t even hear the voice of God anymore. Have you ever known two people that are so close and realize they would say the same things? I mean it’s all good if the person is not harming you, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, however, many times we are unaware of the damage it’s truly causing to us.
With this all said, what do we say about the world and Christians? We, Christians, don’t belong to this world. We are called to be separate, set apart for God’s purposes. This doesn’t mean that we live in a bubble away from everything and everyone. We are a light, and we shouldn’t hide our lights but to have them shine brightly. We want everyone to see Jesus when they see us. One of my prayers is that I wouldn’t be a stumbling block to those that need Jesus. I pray the things I do and say won’t dishonor God. We are His representatives.
Are You Rubbing Off On the World, Or Is the World Rubbing Off On You?
Many say Jesus hanged out with sinners. Yes, He was around sinners. But He didn’t become like them, He didn’t follow them, but rather they followed Him. The same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you; therefore, there should be a following of you. You should be leading. People should be able to say, “there is something different about you.” Or “I don’t know why, but I just like being around you.” They can’t figure it out, but we know it’s JESUS they are feeling.
We cannot be conformed by this world. So even now when there are so much fear and concern in the world, we need to surround ourselves with like-minded people so we don’t get swallowed up by the spirit of fear.
I remember one time when the Lord asked me, “who do they say you are?” I reflected on what I want others to say, what impact I want to have on other’s lives? I end this blog asking you the same question…