I saw a picture of a runner with this quote “God sometimes removes people from our life to protect us. Don’t run after them.” It reminded me of the following Scripture. As some of you who read and follow my ‘blog’ and facebook know, just about everything in this life reminds me of a Scripture. Having been steeped in the Word from a small child, I don’t necessarily know the ‘address’, but the verses and connections are readily available now that I have ‘google’ and can find them in a heartbeat. The picture of the runner reminds me that sometimes not only does the world run from us, but we need to run from it. We are not on the same path. We are not on the same wave length.
I Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunken binges, orgies, carousings, and abominable idolatries. 4 They think it is strange that you don’t run with them into the same excess of riot, blaspheming:
When we begin to live a holy life, serving God and others with respect and grace, we find that our old friends, the ones we have had sometimes for a lifetime, begin to fall away. Our interests have changed. We are no longer taken up with things of this world. We begin to think on the things of the Lord and to obey God’s laws. Our interests turn to studying and learning Scripture, attending worship with like minded folk, taking time to care for others needs. It makes them uncomfortable and they will either have a ‘come to Jesus meeting’ themselves or walk away. Our example and lifestyle should change when we meet Jesus.