What more can you do when your old friends are trying to discourage you? Do you give in to them or just be the light to them?
I recently came across a famous Ghanaian Actor who just joined the Christiandom. Fortunately or unfortunately, he made mention that his friends have rejected him because he chose to walk on another path. I was glad when he found no problem with that. I guess he knew its far beneficial to have God on your side than to have friends by your side.
Now, let me come to you. Do you feel left alone, pressured or discouraged now that you are born again? Do you think indeed you made the right choice? Well, i think you did make the right choice. Cos your choice is no different from mine. 😉 lol. Not just because you made same choice as mine but also because i have tasted from both sides and its been proven our path among the two is the best.
I want to tell you a truth. Now that you are born again, you’ve decided to be a part of a new family. Meaning, you do not belong to your old family anymore. For they wouldn’t contribute to your growth in all states (physical, spiritual, emotional etc). However, this doesn’t mean you completely abandon or reject your old friends, family or acquaintances. But you have to be the light to them. A light that will show them the right path and guide them. You know why? Because they are still in the dark. I mean to say its simply because they do not have Jesus in their hearts.
The question now is, what are you supposed to do when they try to discourage you? You must realize that, not all facts are true. So when all your friends gather to give you a sermon against your new life and walk, it still doesn’t mean they are right.
Bible says that,in the last days there will come scoffers who will do every wrong they can think of and laugh at the truth(2 Peter 3:3-4). Scoffers are people who to speak derisively; mock; jeer. Only to discourage you and turn you into what they would prefer. However, you must remain standing. You must be unshakable. You must refuse to be moved by them. Since you can not stop them from talking, Just ignore and refuse to accept their counsel. Do not be “unequally yoked” with them. And maintain your stand for God and His word.
Unequal Yoking – What is it?
Years ago when farming was concerned, a farmer would yoke two animals of the same kind and then attach them to a plough. The two animals would plough the ground as they moved together in same direction. Now, this is called an “equal yoke” because the animals are of same kind. But in the case where both animals were different with an example of one being a donkey and the other a giraffe, it was called an ‘unequal yoke’. Because they weren’t of the same kind.
However, if this is linked to spirituality, it can be said that a Christian and a non Christian companionship is unequally yoked. Hence, God is saying in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 that we must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
What God wants is for us to be equally yoked with other Christians, doing the same things with them. Instead of being unequally yoked with non believers. Know that, no matter how moral a person is, as long as he isn’t born again, he can’t be someone you will take counsel from and share your problems with. The only way by which one can be right with God is to be born again. For one who isn’t born again doesn’t have the right spirit with God.
Always remember that you’ve become the light of God to everyone in the dark. Share with them the Gospel so as they can also follow Jesus. Keeping in mind you always have to keep your hearts on Gods own. And He will see you through.
God bless you.
2 Peter 3:3-4
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
1 Samuel 16:1-13
16 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.
3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
4 And Samuel did that which the Lordspake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord‘s anointed is before him.
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.
9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lordchosen this.
10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.
11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lordcame upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah