Daily Devotionals

Mix Tape Week 6 Wednesday

Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

It has been said that we become like the 5 people we spend the most time around. This is a fascinating statement. If this is true, and I believe it is, then that means the people we surround ourselves with have an incredible impact on us. We also have a big impact on them! This understanding is something that we must take seriously, and it is also something we have to teach the children in our lives to focus on.

Scripture teaches us to choose wisely the people we surround ourselves with. The apostle Paul said it this way: “bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). The people we spend our time with impact us, for good or bad. After all, if bad company corrupts, the opposite must be true as well. Good company builds us up. Because of this, we must surround ourselves with positive influences in our lives who build us up. Proverbs 13:20 offers us this advice about who we surround ourselves with, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Once again, this verse reminds us that we become like those with whom we spend time. If we spend time with wise people, we will make better decisions. If we spend time with foolish people, we will find ourselves in troubling circumstances.

Not only is it vital for you and me today, but it is also vital for the children in our lives. We must teach our children to surround themselves with people who point them toward Christ and who positively impact them. We can do this by setting an example ourselves and having conversations reminding them that we are very influenced by the people we surround ourselves with.

In light of the truth from Scripture that we have studied today, it is important for us to intentionally surround ourselves with people who point us in the direction of Christ. It is also important that we encourage the children in our lives to do the same. Who we allow to influence us matters. Let’s be influenced by people who build us up, help us live wisely, and encourage us to be more like Jesus.

Moving Toward Action

Take a few minutes to think about the top 5 people you spend time with. List them out. How are these people positively impacting you? Is there any negative way that they are impacting you? Is there anyone you need to stop allowing to influence you? After thinking about these people, have a conversation with your kids about the people in your life who have a positive influence in your life, and ask them about the people who are positively influencing them as well.

Going Deeper

1 Corinthians 15:1-34 (NLT)

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.

But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.

After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.

If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?

And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.