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Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NKJV)

Multibillionaire, Warren Buffet once said, “It’s better to hang out with people better than you, … Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.

Drifting seems to be what many of us do best.  It implies wandering with no set course — being drawn in various directions by various things — sort of like swimming in the ocean and being carried along by the tide.

Q:         So is drifting a good thing or a bad thing?

Well, I guess it depends on which way we are drifting, and what is drawing us in the direction we are drifting.  

Friends and acquaintances can usually be a significant influence upon us.  Their actions and ways of how others live can greatly influence us in some of our thoughts and choices, and it could very well be that we end up resembling or conforming them.  This can be good, or this can be bad — it just depends on how we are being influenced.  Proverbs speaks of this.

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)

Now if others are able to influence us by what we see and hear in their lives, then the same principle holds true for us — we can influence others by our actions, attitudes, and words.  We see a great example of this in the Book of Acts.  After Peter and John had gone to the temple and spoke in boldness about salvation being in Jesus Christ, we are told, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).  Those who looked upon Peter and John could clearly tell they had been in the presence of Jesus by their very actions. 

Now we are told to be salt and light to those who don’t know Jesus (Matt. 5:13-16), so we know God wants us to be around those who need to know about Jesus.  But we must first make it our priority to spend time with Jesus every day so we can influence others to drift His way, and keep ourselves from drifting away from our Lord. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to spend time with Jesus so others will be able to clearly see you have been in His presence. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn with respect to how others will affect us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: When others see you can they see you have been in the presence of Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make it your top priority to spend time in the Word of God — and in the presence of Jesus.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me Your Son to be my Lord.  Jesus, it is my heart to get to know You better today, so that others might see You in me, and be drawn to You.  Fill me with Your light today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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