1 Corinthians 15: Thermostat or Thermometer?
There are those who say, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”. They go about daily doing whatever feels good. They live for the the now and enjoy today. It’s all about “me”. I am am sure you are familiar with the terms. I bet you would be surprised to know that the quote at the beginning of this is from 1 Corinthians 15:32. It was a common Greek term. Things don’t change much with times. People are people. Sin doesn’t change. But Paul warns us “Do not be deceived, Bad company ruins good morals. Wake up from your drunken stupor as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” Good advice that still applies today. Are you sure those friends of yours know Jesus? Just because they say they will pray and go to church doesn’t mean they do. Does their life mirror the life of Christ? By choosing to spend your time with them, your own morals are being challenged daily and just as white paint is never still white when mixed with black but changed to grey, your morals will not stay clean when mixed with morals in question. Takeaway from this? Be the example. Be above all things, above reproach and “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.” (Vs 58). In not knowing who is or is not a true believer, you do not know who you are influencing to know Christ by your very actions. Be the thermostat in your friendships by your actions, not the thermometer!