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Jesus encourages and helps us to grow and mature

Warren Buffett told a teenager his secret to success.

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out connections whose behaviour is better than yours and you will be influenced in that direction.”

Who we choose to around really does make a big impact in our lives. If we choose to associate with procrastinators and pessimists over time, we will become more and more like them.

Our pride tells us to be around people who may not be as talented, as capable as ourselves; or at least our peers, however, to be willing to be around smarter people takes humility. An acceptance may make us look not as intelligent, maybe even bad in comparison.

When we hang out with people who are smarter, wiser than us we absorb their knowledge and wisdom. We become better persons. So, hang out with people who live according to their values. Whether in easy times or challenging moments they stick with their beliefs. Hang out with people of integrity, who do what they say and are good to their word.

The followers of Jesus, men and women, chose to hang out with someone far better than themselves. Simon Peter said to Jesus: (John 6: 68, 69) “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Jesus shows us the right way to live life and the right decisions to make (Psalm 119:105; 130 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” “The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”).

Jesus teaches, corrects and trains us, enabling us to do good deeds (Ephesians 6:10 – 17 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.)”.

Jesus encourages and helps us to grow and mature (1 Peter 2:2, 3 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”).

And Jesus is a gracious leader, choosing influence over-exercising authority. Jesus inspires, encourages, educates and sets a personal example rather than demanding obedience.

Being with Jesus positively affects what we think about ourselves and others. Spending time with Jesus influences our values and our lifestyle.

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Yours in Jesus,

Richard