Have you ever wanted something that would be bad for you?
Light and darkness cannot exist in the same place at the same time. You have either one or the other. You just simply can’t have both. It doesn’t work. Paul is clear that it is the same for believers who are choosing ways to link themselves in relationships with non-believers, whether in business or for pleasure. It simply doesn’t work.
Now, you might ask the question, “what’s wrong with going out with someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus?” You might even think it is up to each individual what they choose and how they choose to live. But the thing in life is that we are called to worship God and like it or not, choosing important relationships in life that are not focussed on that worship is never going to end well.
As Christians we have something special. Life stops being about the things we can’t do, but the privilege we have to be in relationship with Jesus. I don’t know about you, but the people I’m looking to be in partnership with are people who will encourage me to grow closer to God, not further away.
The things we choose to worship in life, the “idols” as the Bible calls them are always things that can separate us from God. Paul calls us to separate ourselves from those things, to seek after purity of heart and holiness out of worship for God.
Inevitably we will fail sometimes to live the lives we should. We’re not to beat ourselves up over and over about this. Paul tells us to have “godly sorrow”, which encourages us to repent, to say sorry and turn away from those things, and then to move on with life. Not to fall down a rabbit hole of grief that stops us from ever leaving the house again. All things can be forgiven in Christ – we just have to say sorry and ask for forgiveness.
Lord God, thank you that you are enough, and that we can have forgiveness in you. Help us to choose the things that are good for us. Amen.
Spend some time reflecting over your life at the moment. Is there anything God is calling you to change?