Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Eating Right (Part 13: Keep Good Company)
I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
1 Corinthians 10:20 (NKJV)
These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
Jude 1:12-13 (NKJV)
The probable author of the Book of Jude, the next-to-last Book, the Book before Revelation, is Jesus' brother--one of His skeptical siblings who became a disciple. (Never give up on dream haters.) Jude's words seem harsh and condemnatory. But Jude is not the One condemning.
Paul warns us not to 'Have fellowship with demons.' Paul is not the One condemning.
The One condemning bad company is God: 'You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink' (Jeremiah 16:8).
Who are these 'Demons', these 'Spots in your love feasts'? They are bad company: the people you hate to love who do not love you--though they may pretend it.
What are they doing wrong? Eating bad foods in a bad way with a bad heart. ''Eat and drink!' he says to you, but his heart is not with you' (Proverbs 23:7).
'Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits' (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Do not put yourself in a position to be corrupted. If you're trying to eat right, evil company will not support you. In fact, 'They think it strange that you do not run with them' (1 Peter 4:4).
But didn't Jesus eat with sinners, tax collectors, and even Pharisees? Yes, but Jesus is God, and He never yielded to temptation. He told us to 'Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak' (Matthew 26:41).
Speaking for myself, my flesh yielded to 100,000 french fries (give or take a few). My childhood nickname was 'tater'.
So if you're eating with a group of people who have bad habits and may not have your best interests at heart, pray to God for strength. Invite Him to every party as your Date, and don't go hungry--especially for food.
Instead, represent your King in a friendly and non-judgmental way, because you are His ambassador. As for the temporary king of this world, 'Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food' (Proverbs 23:3).
But when you really want to relax, kick off your shoes, and eat with relish, keep good company.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.