Acts 20:14 – And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
If you want to travel fast, go alone. If you want to travel far, go with a team. I know that’s probably not an exact quote, but it clearly makes the point. We need one another. Paul wrote that one part of the body cannot say to another part of the body, “I don’t need you.” He also said that the head cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you.” From those words, think on this; Jesus is the Head of the body. If Jesus cannot say to any part of the body, “I don’t need you,” then surely, we need one another. Let that sink into your thinking. We need one another.
The people you know are important elements of your life. Don’ you think it to be wise that one would seek to have people in his life that strengthen him, protect him, speak truth to him, instruct him in right things, lead him in the right directions, and encourage him in the right matters? I encourage you to pay close attention to the people around you. As a human being living in this world, you will have all kinds of people around you, perhaps daily. You can’t stop that. But you can monitor the kind of people you allow to get close to you, and if they do not meet certain standards, you do not allow them into your inner circles of influence.
Stop and think about it for a moment. Jesus was that way about His ministry. As it regards eternal life, His love for us is so great that He has offered it to “whosoever will.” And while He is not looking for perfection in those He calls to certain roles of ministry, He does have certain levels of expectation. He does not accept novices into certain arenas of ministry. And there were times when those who had been anointed, lost that anointing. Consider King Saul, who according to the Scriptures, was rejected from being king for disobedience.
Whom you know is important to you, for they area those with whom you meet most often. No, it may not be a scheduled office meeting, but when you connect with them, those meetings are strategic for your life. Guard yourself. Be selective about whom you allow into your life, especially about those whom you allow to get close to you. Yes, you are the light of the world. But remember, lights can be put out by the mis-handling of their source or intended purpose. Choose your acquaintances, and especially your friends, wisely. As much as possible, make every one of them strategic; important; meaningful. Live a strategic life.
Manna for Today – Acts 20:7-16; Isaiah 1:18; Matthew 18:19-20; Proverbs 11:14; Acts 15:25-28