With Whom Are You Walking?

walking-hiking-stickman-stick-figure-matchstick-manDo you realize your friends will help determine where you spend eternity?  It’s true!  Your friends can help strengthen your faith!  But they can also help weaken your faith!  Consider these words from Proverbs 13:20 – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV).  Your friends have a definite influence on your character.  If you want to be wise, establish friendships with wise people.  If you want to be a fool, establish friendships with foolish people.

This thought is repeated in the New Testament: “I Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals (ESV).  Some may deny this, saying, “Oh no, my friends will never have so strong an influence on me!  Never!”  But Paul says the person who denies the influence of bad company is deceived.

What lesson can Christians learn from this?   If you want to strengthen your faith and stay loyal to Christ, surround yourself with friends who want to do the same – strengthen their faith and stay loyal to Christ

An Inheritance in Heaven

Have you ever received an inheritance upon someone’s death?  Will you receive an inheritance when YOU die?  You must be thinking, “Nonsense, that’s not possible.”  Think again! If you are a Christian, you have an inheritance waiting for you.  Peter wrote, “Blessed be the God and Fatcropped-bible-medium.jpgher of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not way, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:3-4).

Jesus’ resurrection makes the inheritance that awaits the Christian in heaven possible.  Jesus’ resurrection assures us of our resurrection.  The inheritance that is reserved for the Christian is in heaven; not on this earth!  To receive this inheritance, you are the one who has to die!  This inheritance is an eternal inheritance – it is incorruptible, undefiled, and will never fade away.

Today, I am thankful for living in hope of my eternal inheritance!