by Darla Noble
Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” Wake up righteously, and don’t sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34
Jesus commanded us to tell others the Gospel so they, too, would know about the gift of salvation through His death, burial, and resurrection.
So it only stands to reason that we would spend time among those who don’t know Jesus. After all, we can’t seek and save the lost if we don’t spend some time with them.
We must be careful, though, not to compromise our values in the process. I like to think of meeting my non-Christian friends on “my terms; my turf.” For instance:
Instead of volunteering to be the sober chauffeur at a drunken party, invite your friend for pizza, to go bowling, play laser tag, or get a manicure. Decline the invitation to go for drinks after work, but invite everyone for a light supper or potluck at your house next week.
Better yet, invite a few non-Christian friends to help you put together care packages for soldiers, or financially strapped new moms.
No matter what you do, or who you do it with, make sure your values shine through, that Jesus is in the middle of it all, and that you are a reflection Jesus’ love for everyone.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please give me the courage and wisdom to be a light for You at all times.
Help me always make the time I spend with Your children who don’t yet know You effective and uplifting—always for Your glory.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.