Psalm 1:1 (NKJ) Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
I want to draw your attention to 3 words in this passage. Walk, stand, and sit. Who are you receiving counsel from? Who’s path are you walking in? Who’s seat are you sitting in?
As a Christian (a follower of Jesus) our spiritual growth and development depends on our associations. Don’t misunderstand me to say that we can’t have any relationships with the lost, how will we reach them if not?
This is another issue. This is the issue of close relationships, those that advise us, those that we walk together with. These close relationships should be reserved, for faith filled, godly people who believe God wholeheartedly.
When we surround ourselves with people who speak into our lives who are cynical, ungodly, and sinful there is a spiritual digression that takes place. You start by walking, but if it’s with the ungodly, it won’t be long before you’re standing. If you stand in the path of sinners you will soon be sitting in the seat of the scornful (mocker, doubter, cynic)
In order to reach out to those who need Jesus, we must be spiritually established and strong (blessed). Then we can make a difference in their lives.
Don’t allow the slow spiritual digression of wrong associations stop you in your tracks and ultimately wondering if God is even real.
Surround yourself with the church, and go on an all out evangelistic lifestyle, that will bring spiritual progress to the life of others. Get them to sit with you in the seat of faith, to stand with you in the path of the righteous, and finally lead them to walk with the Godly.
That’s the way Christianity works.