How often do you evaluate your friendships? How often should you evaluate your influences? How hard do you think it was for Jesus to pick His disciples? How do you think they were chosen? Was it because they were perfect? By no means at all. We all know that “nobody’s perfect” yet when deciding our list of “real” friends we make sure that we pick those who are as close to a figure of Jesus as possible. But, if they behave otherwise we for sure better ditch those friendships. They will just absolutely ruin us and we won’t be able to grow in our relationship with the Lord to better achieve perfection…
That is… what we tend to lean towards, when deciding if someone is in with us or if they’re not worth our time.
Let me ask you a sixth question. Rather than looking at who is good enough for us and who would benefit us… Why not ask, “Lord, who do you want to love today?”
We know that we do not live for ourselves but we believe it is only right that we choose what is best for ourselves instead of asking what the Lord wants for every area of our life, every day, every moment, with every relationship. We decide what we are going to let God pick for us, until there is something tragic that we cannot change and it’s out of our hands.
I know, I know. There are influences in your life you do need to get away from. People who are not drawing you close to the Lord but far from Him. Well, as my sixth question put it, “Lord, who do you want to love today?”
Trusting that the Lord knows what you need- you don’t have to pick it for yourself. He can choose it for you- that’s all you have to rely on.
So next time you think, “this person isn’t good enough for me to hang out with.” … Ask, “Lord, is this someone you want me to love right now?”
“ You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”
John 15:16-17 NKJV