I just watched a movie recommended to me, called The Letter Writer. While I’d have a few minor theological disclaimers, it was a sweet movie in which the young leading lady lived out a transformation of what seemed to be the movie’s main moral, repeated several times in these words: “
I challenge you to look around you today, this week, this month, and observe who is around you most of the time. Who are you spending your time with, and why? What are they like? And what does the answer to these questions say about you? How do your main companions reflect on who you are? More importantly, what does their prioritized proximity to you say about Who Jesus is to You? And where you are with Him?
Paul writes, Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33). The word “communications” here used means companionship or communion. He warns that we can be corrupted by bad company. He also warns that we will expose our own brethren to the same danger: Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? (1 Corinthians 5:6).
Proverbs endeavors to endue you with this wisdom on the topic: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20). And of course, David introduces the whole Psalter with such thinking, hoping to motivate us to walk with God and not with the wicked, as the latter’s end is not fruitful in the short- nor long-term.
Have these thoughts in mind as we hear God in Exodus 5:2 this Lord’s Day morning, and may we all indeed “Let go of the world.”