In the world
“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people – not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-10.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 34, and 1 Corinthians 4-6.
I cannot become a spiritual recluse.
How easy it is to mingle with believers. They have so much in common with me.
I sit in Bible study on Tuesday mornings and find the fellowship (It’s a men’s Bible study!) terrific.
Paul is “telling” me that there is life beyond Bible study and it will involve being with ungodly folks.
At first glance, such interactions might appear dangerous. I might be tempted by them. I could do things in their company that would displease God.
However, I must mingle with the godless in God’s Strength. I have something eternal that they need. I cannot witness from my downstairs study. I have to leave the room.
“Lord, forgive me for isolating myself from the godless in my midst. Many of them are nice people but they either haven’t heard the Gospel or they need it explained to them. I ask for divine appointments this day with them. I absolutely must have Your Words in every conversation. Give them to me, I beg. I love You, Lord.”
The godless deserve the opportunity to hear from the Godly. Their blood is on our hands until we do it.