Finding Friends

Matthew 10: 11-13. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy: and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute  it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.”

Jesus sets very clear guidelines for where the men are to stay.  They are to seek who in the town, village, or city is “worthy.”  That is, they are to look for those  of good character or like faith, and seek lodging there.  A preacher, or any other representative of Jesus Christ, must be careful of his reputation and not stay with disreputable people. This ”worthiness” also, very likely, indicated people who desired to know Messiah.  Luke 10:7 indicates that they were to stay in one home, not changing about from house to house, leaving themselves open to accusations of gossip and looseness.

Further, Jesus told them, when you find such a home, bless that home so that God will prosper it.  If the home is not what it should be, then hold on to your blessing.

This set of verses has had a strong impact on my thinking. Keep in mind that this was not the church, and the gospel of grace, that the disciples would be preaching.  It was the gospel of the Kingdom, and was only for those who had ears to hear. However, the application can certainly be made today for Christian workers.

We need to be careful about the way we live from day to day. Unbelievers, I am convinced, often know more about how Christians should live than we do ourselves!  We are known by the company we keep, by the places we go, by the way we comport ourselves.  While we are to minister to unbelievers,  we are not to behave as they do.

This morning, at my gym, one of the members was discussing alcohol with another man.  They were talking about various drinks that I know nothing about, trying to decide which was the most potent.  One of them glanced at me, and asked me what I thought.

“I have no idea,” I said with a smile. “I’ve never tasted any alcohol.”

“NEVER?  Come on, really?”

“Nope.  Not ever. Never had the desire or the need.”

“So, what, are you a Bible-banger or something?”

“Yup.  That’s me.  It’s a good way to live.”

The conversation then turned to other things, and I went on to another machine. The important thing was that I was light-hearted in my response, and didn’t offend them–and that they knew right away that I’m a believer.  Isn’t that interesting?  There are lots of people who don’t drink, and not all of them for the same reasons I hold.Yet it is assumed by most that if you don’t drink, it’s because of your faith.

Unbelievers know how we’re supposed to live.  I used alcohol merely as an example; I know not all Christians share my conviction about it.  I’m not trying to offend anyone or to preach against alcohol, although I hate what it does to people.  I simply believe that we need to be circumspect in our walk, so that nothing can legitimately be held against us that would hurt the cause of Christ.

5 thoughts on “Finding Friends

  1. I find the same true at the Active Adult Center where I attend exercise classes, sing with a group, and attempt to share Christ when opportunity avails. At a recent event I was sitting at a table with two ladies who frequent a casino about 25 miles away. Finally, one turned to me and asked if I’d ever been, I smiled and said, “Well, my rule with gambling is never to gamble with money that I need. Seems my money always has a place to go just for expenses. Can’t use Monopoly money. Or, there is always a chairity with needs.” They all agreed; I didn’t offend anyone, but made a point. On a good note, I have discovered some new friends at the AAC who attend churhes locally. Believers find believers through some sort of spirit radar.

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