Whose Company Do You Keep?

2 boys with mentor
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1 John 2:24-29

May what you’ve heard at the outset always stick with you. If it does, you will remain with God and Jesus, and according to the promise, you will live forever.

I’m mentioning this about those deceivers, but you remain true to your commission and you don’t need any further instructions. Because your commission contains everything you need to know (it’s true, no lie), keep in touch with that. That’s what Jesus taught. So, keep in touch with Jesus, so that you’ll have no question or shame when you see him. Knowing that Jesus is a righteous dude, anyone who does what he does will also be righteous.

There’s a financial services company that advertises about “the company you keep.” But the recognition that you tend to become more like the people you hang around with came long before the slogan.

There are other adages, too. Birds of a feather. Peas in a pod. You get the idea.

On the one hand, staying always within the same social circles and spheres of interest runs the risk of becoming an unhealthy homogeneity. Like people who watch FOX and only FOX. Or others who watch MSNBC and only MSNBC.

On the other hand, when someone is really a “righteous dude,” it’s worth it to stick with her. Because like anything else, righteousness does start to rub off. I’m not advocating following with blind faith, mind you. Keep your eyes open. You still have to think and act for yourself. But a good example, when you can find one, is a priceless gift. And people who model a better way are worth sticking to.

You don’t have to stick to any doctrinal line to get that Jesus was one of those people. It’s just that you have to keep in mind that there are a lot of other people who haven’t made it yet who are also following along, too. Do what Jesus does, not what they do.