Human nature is a funny thing. I read somewhere that the natural human tendency in relationships is to form a closed circle. In other words, we choose a set of friends and stay within this circle of friends. It’s comfortable, non-threatening and doesn’t require much extra effort.
During my teenage years, I was often told about the importance of not being “diluted” by those that don’t have a relationship with Christ. I was to go “preach” to the “lost”, but not befriend “them”. They would probably just bring me down and lead me astray.
How crazy is that? I mean, who would listen to someone that only wants to “preach” to them and not be their friend.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this…
“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood (or overcome) it.” – John 1:5
Notice where the light shines… it doesn’t shine among other lights. It shines in the darkness. It shines where it can make the most difference.
This is how God has designed us to live. He desires that we not only connect with our friends, but that we actively engage with the world around us.
So how do we do this? Try being friendly! Get to know your neighbors, your co-workers (or fellow students), make conversation with the cashier at the grocery store, with the teller at the bank, with the waiter or waitress…
Let’s live the song many of us sang as kids:
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!