Skip to main content

Recognizing the Kind of People Circling Around You




This morning on the way to work I listened to a sermon by Pastor Ed Young (from Fellowship Church in TX) called “Shark Weak.” It was the first sermon in the series and Pastor Ed laid out the idea that all around us in the world are sharks. These sharks are things like addictions, finance problems, sin patterns, bad relationships, health issues.  Sharks are out to kill and take away our life. Everyone faces sharks and so the series is meant to teach people how to deal with them in Biblically faithful ways, relying on Jesus.  You can watch the sermon here.

In the sermon I listened to one thing Pastor Ed said caught my attention.  He talked about 4 different kinds of people we interact with in our lives. I have since added a fifth kind.

1.       People who are “With” us
2.       People who are “For” us
3.       People who “Use” us
4.       People who “Betray” us
5.       People who are “Against” us

As I have been thinking about it this morning I’ve realized there is a lot more to consider with this. It is important to recognize what kind of people we have around us in our lives. It is also to meditate on and strive to implement the behaviors of Jesus as he interacted with each of these groups. The Bible says that Jesus walked among all these people.  He had disciples (with us), followers (for us), the crowds (use us), Judas and Peter (betray us), and the Pharisees and religious elites (against us). And in his dealings with each group Jesus leaves for us an example of how to treat others.
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Lessons from Mt Everest

It would be great is life was all fun and easy and exciting like glissading down a mountain side.  However life is actually much more like climbing up the mountain.  It is difficult, painful, dangerous and exhilarating all wrapped up into one.
Last Sunday I preached at a church in Northfield and I shared some thoughts about this.  I compared lessons I've learned studying mountain climbing to lessons I've learned living life.  Here are the five things I talked about, along with some accompanying Bible verses.
1. You have to have a goal and you have to work hard towards achieving it, sometimes for a long time ---> Jer 29:10-14  2. You have to expect setbacks (injury, weather, enemies, catastrophe) and roll with them ----> 2 Cor 4:8-10  3. You have to push yourself beyond what you thought possible ----> Phil 4:13  4. In most cases, you need others to help you (guides, logistics, cheerleaders, friends, expedition leader) ----> Heb 10:15   5. You have to acknowledg…