Proverbs

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Reading this quote recently I expected to find it was at least as an indirect quote from Proverbs. If you are not familiar with the verse and heard it without context, you might well assume it was from the book of Proverbs. It is not. It is 1 Corinthians 15:33.

Why it appears there is a matter for another teaching. My point is the quote. Did you know the quote and the author of that line? No? Neither did I until today.

The Greek poet Menander is the author. Since Paul is so well versed in the Old Testament, I assumed poorly. The use of the quote is probably better known to his audience than the proverbs. Secular wisdom often copies or abstracts wisdom from biblical wisdom. In this case it is more likely aligned with Psalm 14 or 53 in reference to the behavior of fools.

Secular wisdom used in the pursuit of Godly ends is not common among Christian witnesses. It can be effective if the audience is familiar with those quotes. A few things need to be aligned to be effective. One, you need to be well read. Two, you must know your audience. Three, you must be aware of when its use is going to have a positive impact.

My point here is that you should be aware of all the tools available to you in witnessing Christ to the lost. Poetry was the tool used here. Could science be used to convince scientist? Could law be used to convince lawyers?

Our usual approach is using sin to reach sinners because it is the most obvious. It is not the only approach and some will reject that approach immediately. Knowing your audience will help you determine your approach.

Sadly this takes us back to the first question asked of God by the first sinner outside the garden. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Who is your brother? How well do you know him?

Walk with Me

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Have you seen a show or a movie where a figure in authority says to the subordinate “Walk with me.” It is in that moment that privacy is established and intimate details are revealed.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Walking in newness of life is like being dropped off in a deeply wooded area that you have never seen or been in before. You will feel lost if you do not have someone to guide you. Your guide is the Holy Spirit. Walking in the spirit is walking with God.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch walked with God and it pleased God. This translation of Enoch was unto perfection. We in our transitional newness of life have not been perfected but rather have this opportunity to walk with God and please Him. Translation will come later, but for now it is all about the walk.

God is saying to you, “Come, walk with Me.” It is pleasing to God to have you join Him in this walk. Close personal discovery will happen as He shows you this wonderful abundant life you have entered into.