“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

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Has anyone ever told you that you should do something? Or that when you were little you should strive to become something?
We are told throughout our lives that we should enter into specific careers, play various sports, and we should enjoy certain things.
Chances are over the course of your life you have been given suggestions, if not commands, by those around you as to what you should do for a living, or even what you should do for extracurriculars.
I grew up in a family of business owners, so it was an unsaid thing that the ultimate goal in life was to get to a point to where you would own your own business.
When I started my first job I knew that it was only to push me to a point where I could own my own business one day, as that was the goal I had subconsciously set for myself.
Family and friends can have a great impact on what good goals would be for our lives, but they can also be detrimental if they don’t have our best interests at heart as well!
The other day I was talking to one of my friends about how to discern when a friend is speaking truth into our lives, or when they are not.
The easiest way to know when a friend isn’t speaking truth is when they tell you that you should do something that goes against the Bible. This is usually pretty easy to discern, but there are also other moments where the discerning isn’t all that easy.
Like when a friend tells you that you should take a specific job, or end a relationship with a specific person.
Which is exactly why it is important to surround yourself with strong friends of faith.
Sometimes it can be easy to pay more attention to what the voices of influence in our life say than what we know to be true from God. Our friends are tangible. They’ll sit across from us at the coffee shop when giving advice. But when this advice causes us to wander away from what God has called us to, then that is where we start to face trouble.
In Ephesians 4, Paul writes to the people of Ephesus and urges them to go after the calling the Lord has placed on their lives.
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1
Just like Paul told the people of Ephesus that they must go after their calling, we should do the same!
Sometimes it’s easy to just listen to those around you, but what is most important is going after what God has called you too.
Friends are amazing. Family is amazing. Both are a gift from God! But always make sure that you are surrounding yourself with people who truly look after your best intentions and are always pointing you towards Christ!

Thoughts For The Day

Do you surround yourself with people that speak truth into your life or people that distract you from the source of truth?
Are you able to discern when someone is leading you away from where God wants you?

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