Whose Company Do You Prefer?
We all have our ‘own company’. It’s where we feel most at home, where we naturally gravitate to when we have the choice. The great Bible teacher A. W. Tozer once said, ‘The important thing about a man is not where he goes when he is compelled to go, but where he goes when he is free to go where he will.’
The apostles went to jail under compulsion, but when they were given their liberty they chose to return to ‘…their own company…’ of praying believers. How revealing! The clear choices of life—not the compulsions—reveal our true character.
Let’s consider a real-life illustration. You’re absent from church on Sunday.
Where are you?
If you’re having surgery, your absence reveals that you’re ill and compelled to miss church. However, if you’re on the golf course, that tells us a different story. Assuming that you’re not on a well-deserved vacation, we know that you chose to skip church in favor of your ‘own company’—your fellow golfers.
Has your choice to play instead of to pray become a habit?
If so, you might be on the threshold of letting slip ‘…meeting together with other believers, which some people have got into the habit of doing…’ (Hebrews 10:25 CEB). Habits are not the product of one decision—they’re the result of repeated choices that eventually become automatic responses.
How can you know your true spiritual condition?
By the company you keep and the choices you make.
When you’re free to go, where do you choose to go?
Whose company do you prefer?
‘And being let go, they went to their own company…’ Acts 4:23 KJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Timothy 4:8-16; Hebrews 11:6
Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life & also for the life to come don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith & in purity.
Devote yourselves to the public reading of scriptures, to exhortation, to teaching… practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself & on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself & your hearers. For god is the rewarded of those who diligently seek Him!