When you think of a good teammate what comes to mind? If you were choosing a workout partner what type of person would you look for? In both cases I would think you want a person that is committed to the same goals as you. I would think you would want a person that encourages you as an athlete.
If you were starting a workout regiment and you chose a lazy partner I would have to assume you were not very serious about your plans. If you chose teammates that just want to mess around on the court I would assume you are not serious about your game.
It is true that a person is known by the company he keeps.
What type of people do you have around you in your Christian walk? Have you surrounded yourself with encouragers? Have you surrounded yourself with those that are committed to God’s game plan?
If you are surrounded by friends that are not serious about the Lord then I would have to assume that you are not serious. You may be thinking “Wait a minute there Coach, you don’t know me.” Or maybe you are thinking, “But I want to make a difference in their lives.” Are you making a difference?
The Scriptures make it very clear:
Proverbs 12:26 says, “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Obviously we should try to reach out to people. Yet the Scriptures are clear that we should choose those we are going to call teammates or partners very wisely.