Winning Team

1 Samuel 29:4
“But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him; so the princes of the Philistines said to him, ‘Make this fellow return, that he may go back to the place which you have appointed for him, and do not let him go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become our adversary…'”

The Philistine lords gathered together to prepare an attack on Israel. Since David had been living among them, and was a tremendously talented soldier, King Achish included him and his men in the battle plans. When the remaining Philistine leaders saw David and his men, they immediately objected. David was an Israelite who had been responsible for defeating the Philistines in countless battles. These men knew that to include him in their campaign would prove to be a big mistake, as David would no doubt turn on them when the battle grew hot.

I find it interesting that these men were able to recognize what seems too allude so many Christians. The Bible clearly states, if we want to succeed in following Christ, we must surround ourselves with the right people.

Proverbs 12:26
“The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

Amos 3:3
“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

2 Corinthians 6:14
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”

Too many believers have begun to follow Christ, only to be tripped along the way by the company they choose to keep. While we are not to by isolationists like the Pharisees, who sought to remove themselves from any contact with the unbelieving world, we do need to recognize that the company we keep will determine the person we become. If you are single, don’t settle for someone who is not committed to Christ, just because you are lonely and they are nice. Make good relationship choices, beginning with, determining that you will be actively involved in your church, where you can be surrounded by others who want to follow Jesus, and will encourage you along the way.

Pastor Jim


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