Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”
For most of us, weekends are a time of refreshing. Some will work on their homes, others on hobbies. Still, others will find some form of leisure.
We fill our weekend with activities with family and friends until the Lord’s day. At the coming together of the church, God meant it for three things.
Outreach – the evangelistic arm of the church
In-reach – the sustaining, supporting, and maintaining portion.
Re-reach – the pursuing of those that have fallen by the wayside or are in bondage to some sin
Every child of God should partake in all three parts. All of us know someone that is lost. All of us know someone who needs mentoring, discipleship, or encouragement. And all of us know someone who is struggling with stubborn habits or addictions or is in bondage to some debilitating sin.
As I read this verse in Proverbs, I was sobered by the thought that though I am a child of God and my home is in Heaven, I live here in this world. It is often said:
“Live in this world, but don’t be of this world.”
Saying, be the light God called us to be, but beware of those things that will try to extinguish that light.
What struck me is the seducing power of those that are in the world. It is the way of the wicked that will seduce me. Three things came to mind as I began to meditate on this thought.
Where I am looking
Where I am living
What I am thinking
Psalm 73 goes into detail the inner thoughts of the psalmist as he begins to compare his troubles to the prosperity of the wicked. He thought himself oppressed and saw the wicked free to enjoy pleasure. He complained of difficulties and leanness when he saw the wicked go unpunished and thriving.
It wasn’t until he went to church and began to think eternally.
Psalm 73:17 “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”
If I look to compare my lot with those of the world, I must need have a reference point with which to compare. I realize that I must have a plan to combat the seduction that will most assuredly confront me.
First, knowing my weaknesses will significantly increase my opportunities to ward off the seduction of those around me. I know that what I think will become where I look. Where I look will then draw me to where I will live. God’s Word tells me:
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Temptation comes, and if I give in, I become drawn away and enticed. It is at this critical juncture that I must recognize where I am and what is going to come if I don’t change what I am thinking and where I am looking because it will draw me to live there. Knowing that the end of the matter is death, I need to have barricades that warn me of the coming disaster.
I don’t know a man or woman that can say they love to be rebuked. But I do know that I must have people in my life that have the liberty to do so. They are those who will not hesitate to speak up but will do so in love.
Certain things may seduce me that you would not give even the slightest consideration. Conversely, there are things that others might be tempted that arouse no such thing in us. Our enemy displays a smorgasbord of sinful delights to watch which one our eyes linger. He uses subtlety to begin the seduction through those we see regularly.
There are coworkers, neighbors, and some family members that can be agents of seduction for the enemy. They, themselves are not who we should level accusation; it is spiritual warfare, to be sure.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
If I prepare every morning to walk in the Spirit, I will be best prepared to face whatever may come. Approaching the day as a battlefield takes diligence and constant maintenance on our part.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
We must do what we must to live in this world. But, we must genuinely guard our hearts against those things that seduce us to become of the world!