He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools will be destroyed.
I am intentional. I am intentional on who I surround myself with. I am a friend to all. But I only take counsel from wise men.
Men who want the best for me.
Men who want me to prosper in every way.
Men who will hold me accountable.
I had lunch with a friend yesterday. We talked at length about how changed we were. I told him that I spent so much of my life away from God that I wasn’t going back to living for me. We spoke of the importance of having men that you can meet with that talk about God, that live for God, that want to strive to live in righteousness.
Accountability might be the most important part of wise counsel. You should have men that know your greatest struggles with sin. You should be asked about it. You should be able to call someone about it.
It’s important to me to be held to the highest standard. Want to know why?
Because I am the greatest Christian someone knows.
Let me say that again, I am the greatest Christian someone knows.
If I say that I’m a Christian but I keep the company of fools…a fool I will be. And what’s worse, I’m giving permission for others to act like fools.
I say NO. My life should be my witness. God removed my heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh.
Believe me, I’ve got a lot of people that will testify that I might have had the most arrogant, angry, rude, judgmental, insecure stone inside of my chest. It was huge.
What does a stone that size do? It wears you down.
God removed that stone and gave me a heart of flesh. Those same friends that know the old me will tell you that I haven’t just changed – I am the opposite of who I was. I am changed. God allowed me to go on a long and dark journey. He showed back up like a tornado in my life.
Now I belong to Him. I love Him. I serve Him. That journey was training. And if I want to step into my calling, the very thing God trained me up so hard and so long for, my life must be my witness.
Accountability. See why it’s so important? My life will draw people unto Christ or leave them lost.
Remember, I’m the greatest Christian someone knows.
You know what else?
So are you.