Beware of the Company You Keep
Chaplain Rhonda Daniels
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:30-38 (Message Bible)
Associate ACPE Supervisor
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work? I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus? Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life! It’s resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection, that undergirds what I do and say, the way I live. If there’s no resurrection, “We eat, we drink, the next day we die,” and that’s all there is to it. But don’t fool yourselves. Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. “Bad company ruins good manners.”
Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can’t afford in times like these. Aren’t you embarrassed that you’ve let this kind of thing go on as long as you have?
Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different.
The more you hang around discouraging people, the more their negativity will drain you and deplete you. Discouraging people have nothing better to do than to bring drama upon your life because they are unhappy with their own life. That's why you should make it your goal to disassociate with them because they will prevent you from reaching your destiny. The old saying is true, 'carrying around dead weight will kill you.' Seek those who will empower you not hinder you.
In writing to the people of Corinth, the apostle Paul penned the words, "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." Please don't miss this. When you know who you are, who you belong to (God), and where you want to go, you will choose your friends and companions carefully. By the way for those who like to discourage you, I urge you to pray for them, but not hang around them. Remember, you're created to soar like an eagle.
Lord, help me to be mindful of the company I keep. I pray for those who are comfortable with drama. Help me keep my boundaries clear and not be weighted down with things that do not concern me. Thank you God for all You are and do for me. Amen.