There are two primary factors that define who we are: what we surround ourselves with and what we take into ourselves. Some of the things we surround ourselves with are the people we spend time with, the places and events we go to, and the activities we engage in. What we take into ourselves includes the things we read and listen to, the things we look at and watch and surf to, and the conversations we choose to be a part of. These are all things that influence our decisions and things that become our thoughts, ideas, and opinions.
Our two primary options in what we surround ourselves with and what we take in are God’s wisdom and the world’s wisdom. If we surround ourselves with immoral people, we tend to do immoral things. On the other hand, if we choose to surround ourselves with Christian people, we tend to engage in godly activities. If we spend time in the Word, we are built up and grow in our wisdom of God. If we instead surf for illicit pictures online, we fill ourselves with lust and evil thoughts.
We face these decisions all the time. Although God is always pursuing us, so is the world. Even though the Holy Spirit is right there speaking into our heart and mind, the deceiver is right there whispering in our ear. We make decisions each day that either draw us closer to God or further from God. Sometimes the choices to fill ourselves with the things of God and to surround ourselves with others making the same choices are difficult. God promises to draw near to those who draw near to Him. Draw near to me today, O Lord. Draw near.
Scripture reference: James 4: 1-8