One of the things that parents fears most is that their child would be led astray by hanging out with the wrong crowd; by allowing the wrong people to become their role models.

How many times do you think that God’s seen one of His children led astray by following the example of the wrong people?

So, who are your role models? Who are those to whom you open your heart, who you allow to influence how you think and how you behave? And – here’s the kicker – are they worthy of that honor, of that level of trust?

Yesterday we chatted about the importance of having the right role models in our lives… so that, as disciples of Jesus (which literally means to be learners), we also become His apprentices with some solid, on the job training.

But today … a warning about installing the wrong mentors in our lives. Again, here’s the Apostle Paul on that very thing:

Philippians 3:18,19 There are many who live like enemies of the cross of Christ. I have often told you about them. And it makes me cry to tell you about them now. The way they live is leading them to destruction. They have replaced God with their own desires. They do shameful things, and they are proud of what they do. They think only about earthly things.

There are people out there who purport to be Christians, who pretend to be faithful followers of Christ – and yet, if you examine the fruits of their labours, as smooth and convincing as they may sound, they’re anything but!

Don’t open your heart to the wrong people. Don’t be led astray by these enemies of the Cross!

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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