November 9: influence

I am reminded by today’s reading from 1 Corinthians of our concern when our children were younger with whom they were associating. We wanted to get to know their friends. We wanted to know who they were spending time with. We may be able to shape the environment in which we live, but we are also influenced by the people around us. What was true for my children is just as true for me.

Paul has great concern for the people in the Corinthian church, and he is troubled by what he hears about the behavior of some within the church. It is not that we are known by the company we keep but we are influenced. It is one thing to spend time with people we are trying to influence and show the way of Christ. Paul is sending Timothy to them. “He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 4:17)

Who fills this role for you? Who reminds you of the way of life in Christ Jesus? To whom do you fills this role? Who looks to you to see the way of Christ Jesus?

Today’s readings: Job 34; 1 Corinthians 4-6

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