Proverbs 13:20 “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
We have all heard something that goes like this:
“You are what you…”
The blank at the end of that statement can be filled with many things.
You are what you eat.
You are what you read.
You are what you wear.
But God’s Word tells me that I will become like those I allow to influence me. It takes little to no effort to find people who are just like me. Human nature itself shows that the rebels will gather with rebels; wise men with wise. Musicians will gravitate to be with those like-minded ones who like music.
Along with the observation of how we assemble, God warns that those with whom we associate can destroy us as well. So, it begs the question; “How does one find those wiser than I, and will I be accepted into their ranks once I do find them?”
I consider myself a simple man. I do not, nor would I classify myself as ‘wise.’ I have experiences from which I can draw to help those in similar situations. I have the information given to me by my parents, my schooling, my travels, life experiences, and God-given revelations that can be counted as wisdom for others at the time they needed it.
My Heavenly Father does not want to ever withhold from me that which I need to accomplish His will. Wisdom is only a request away.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
And it comes with a disclaimer:
James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Today, Saturday is my all-the-time, every-time day I go to evangelize; to witness for my Lord. My son and my grandson go with me, and we keep each other accountable as partners by going together to hand out gospel tracts, knock doors, put door hangers and flyers with the gospel message for all to hear.
The man who leads our outreach program is a former pastor and an avid soulwinner for the Lord. Each week, he imparts a nugget of wisdom about how to meet, greet, converse, and lead a soul to Christ. He is a wise witness for the Lord. I want to be around him, watch how he talks to someone, see how he acts, and reacts to different situations and circumstances.
It is the same with any profession, career, talent, or activity. There are shows by those who impart wisdom on how to be a better, chef, cook, or baker. There are those who hunt, fish, golf, hike, bike, and walk. All have put their talents out there for others to glean and learn the ‘how-to’ of their particular niche.
In all things spiritual, does your church offer the opportunity to grow in ministry and service? How to better teach a Sunday school class? How to run a bus route? How to preach a sermon, win a soul, or read your Bible? Do they teach how to pray? How to have a close personal walk with God?
Utilizing those wise men and women in your church with specific gifts and talents is what will keep it on the path of growth.
I truly believe that God equips the body of Christ to have all it needs to be fully functional in the area, and the community He chooses. People come to a church and find it feels like “home”. It is that confirmation that God gives to a soul that this is where you are to settle down and be rooted and grounded for His glory.
Look at those whom you’ve chosen to teach you; influence you. If you gain all that you can from them, what would you become? Is it glorifying to the Lord to do so? Am I fulfilling God’s will for my life and are those who influence me, helping me get to that goal?
Do so with the cautionary warning from God: “…but a companion of fools is destroyed.”
Pray and ask for wisdom. Ask continually. It is not a pill to be swallowed or a level to be attained. It is a God-given gift to be used for others.
Let us gather to us those who desire the same godly lifestyle that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father and admonishes one another to seek wisdom.