Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 22
You’ve probably heard the quote “you are the summation of your five closest friends” before. I’m not sure where the quote originated but there is a great deal of truth in it. The people whom you are closest with in your life have a great influence in your life. Many times the people we surround ourselves with, those in our inner circle, have the ability to influence in our lives in ways that we don’t even realize. We give them access to the intimacies of our lives, they advise our decisions, they share life experiences with us and we give them authority to speak into our lives. Needless to say, as believers, we must have Godly, Christian, brothers and sisters in our inner circles to influence us to live Godly lives that are gospel centered. Paul affirms this truth in a negative connotation in 1 Corinthians 15:33 33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” This is unfortunately what we see in our passage today with Ahaziah King of Judah.
3 He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly. 4 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing. 5 He also followed their counsel when he went with Joram[b] son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead.
Ahaziah had become king pretty much by default after his older brothers were killed. However, it wasn’t his youth that necessarily led to his failure as a king; it was the people he surrounded himself with. Unfortunately for him one of those people was his own mother who led her son astray.
Ahaziah’s story is one that is pretty easy to relate to for us today and there is certainly a lesson we can take away from it. Many times the circumstances of life are beyond our control. We’re probably not going to find ourselves being crowned as king because our older siblings have all been killed in a raid, but life’s circumstances are ever changing and unpredictable many times. For believers, the inner circle of family, friends, councilors, etc. that we keep is vital to us growing in our faith in Christ and leading lives that glorify God in the midst of the ever changing events of life. Now, that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t have friends who are not Christians! But, the company that we keep the closest to us should be of like mind and faith because their influence in our lives is very great.
Take some time to prayerfully consider these questions:
• Who is in my inner circle of influence?
• Are my five closets friends exhorting me forward in my relationship with God or pulling me farther from Him?
• What relationships in my inner circle need to change?
• Whose inner circle are you in and how are you influencing your friends toward Christ?
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Posted by: Matt Mofield