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Topic: MIX (10/22/15)
TITLE: SPARKLING STONES
By esther robinson
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Philip argued, “What you say may be true. What is wrong in me being in his company? You see Papa! I would like to win him over for Christ. Don’t you think that I am doing the right thing?”
For which Philip’s father remarked, “It would be better if you pray sincerely for his transformation. Let your life be an example for him to follow and not your association.” Then making his face slightly sterner added, “Hereafter, I don’t want you to be seen with him anywhere. Do you understand what I am trying to convey?”
Philip nodded his head nonchalantly. However, his mind reasoned and questioned, “Papa is old-fashioned. He knows nothing about winning souls for Christ. How can one draw Julien into the fold of Christ without being his friend? Are we not called to be ‘Fishers of men’? I guess papa does not know the basics of evangelism. I wonder whether he needs to be trained in some evangelistic sessions.”
Looking into the predicament of his son, he thundered, “What are you pondering over? Don’t make matters worse for me. I hope you would not like to see your father turn into a beast. Don’t mingle with such friends.”
Philip nodded his head again but this time nothing came into his mind except the picture of a roaring lion. This idea of keeping away from Julien, who from his point of view was a precious perishing soul, who from his father’s point of view is a boy with a bad character, kept nagging his mind like the waves of a sea, whenever he saw Julien.
Two days later, Philip along with the members of his family visited a jewelry shop. Philip’s birthday was just a week away and his father wanted to present him a gold ring. As they stood selecting from the various patterns on display the salesgirl told how many grams the selected trinket weighed and the approximate amount it would cost them.
Finally Philip made his choice. It was a square shaped ring studded with six sparkling stones all white in color, dazzling like diamonds.
The salesgirl explained the tips for treasuring this trinket. “Always keep it in a separate box. Don’t mix it with other metals.”
Immediately Philip shot a question arrow, “What will happen if I mix it with other metals?”
The salesgirl smiled and told, “Just as how anyone tends to absorb the thoughts, understand the opinions and assimilate the character of their friend so also if sparkling stone studded trinkets of gold are placed along with aluminium, lead, steel, tin or iron the sheen will definitely disappear gradually. Certainly the oxides will invade each other and the lustre is likely to be lost forever.
One might think that one’s good character will outweigh and win over the bad qualities of their friends. However, the contrary is far more likely to take place and often it is confirmed to be correct – their characteristics will corrupt the inherent good values. That is the reason why I told you to keep this ring in a separate box and not to mix it with others.”
When Philip and his family were heading home after purchasing the gold ring Philip had also mined another valuable treasure. It was the answer to a long standing question that was storming his soul thus far. While winning souls for Christ is very important it is equal and all the more important that you retain the valuable virtues which Christ expects in you. After this incident, Philip continued to pray for the transformation of Julien but was never seen in his company.
The Bible says, “Depart from me, ye evil doers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.” (Psalm 119:115). A healthy association of godly friends is definitely essential for one’s spiritual growth.
Mixing with unhealthy relationship will surely spoil the goodness within unaware in the long run. The Bible states, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Beware as to whom you mix with.
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