Daily Delight

Saturday, November 11, 2017

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10: 24-25, NIV).

I didn’t become a Christian until I was married with two kids. It was a difficult transition for my friendships. Most of my best friends were not believers. They were great people who “believed in God” but they had no personal relationship with Christ. They didn’t get my sudden desire to be in the Word, to go to church, to talk about the Gospel. Time after time, they blew me off. That was hard. But I made new friends—friends who were also sisters.

When my daughter was in college she acquired a group of friends that meant the world to her, but they were not Christians. They teased her a little about being a goody-goody. She thought she would be a good influence on them. And she was. What she didn’t expect, though, was the influence they had on her.

Instead of pulling them up, out of the worldliness, they pulled her down into it. Thankfully, she figured that out and backed off from those relationships.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18, NIV). This is a hard truth. If you think that you can be a believer in this world all alone, it’s not true. You cannot grow in Christ surrounded by non-believers.

We need each other’s encouragement and prayer. We need each other’s fellowship. We need to worship in a corporate setting. We are too easily swayed by our sinful desires. We need people that hold us accountable.

Reading Daughter of Delight each day is not enough. My dear sister in Christ, find a mentor, be a mentor, go to church, go to Bible study. Be with other people who love the Lord as often as you can.

It will transform your life—the way the Gospel is meant to.

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