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6.7.17 – 1 Cor 15:33

Does one bad apple really spoil the whole bunch? This is used as a metaphor in speaking about how a person of bad character can corrupt otherwise good people. However, scientifically it is a true statement. Plants located adjacent to others that have a disease or infestation of pests stand a good chance of succumbing as well. An over ripe piece of fruit produces a greater amount of ethylene gas which acts to accelerate the ripening of the fruit around it. If the actual statement is true what about the metaphoric comparison?
We are affected by everything around us. If we expose our selves to good things and good people there’s a fair chance we’ll be the same. Conversely, if we are exposed to things and people that conduct themselves in a iniquitous manner we’re apt to begin acting the same. This is a very simple concept yet we continually try to circumvent this system. It’s our choice, so we shouldn’t be surprised by the out come. Someone once said, show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. Recently I’ve also heard show me your Google browsing history and I’ll show you your character. Lastly, show me your check book and I’ll show you where your heart lies. While that last one may be a tad outdated they all point to the same place …….. 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

6.15.09 – 1 Corinthians 15:58

As I write this I am on a bus with 35 Jr. High School Students. We our on our way to Missouri for a mission trip to rehab a couple of homes. Along with the 35 kids are 8 adults. One of them is my friend Jason, we’ve been serving together since last fall. Jason leads a very busy life. He owns a construction company that performs a wide range of services, from backyard patios to a complete home. Jason has a wife and two young boys, in addition to serving as a youth coach he is a decision counselor and an usher at our church. My point here is that Jason leads a very busy life. Our Jr. High Minister
specifically asked Jason to come on this trip because of his knowledge in the construction business. His experience would be an invaluable asset in our task to lead the kids in the repairs and painting of these homes. As luck would have it, as this date approached Jason’s company (Jason) became very busy with jobs to be performed. With the economy being what it is . . . . to be a busy construction company is certainly a blessing.

Jason had every reason in the world to bow out of this trip and as he told me, even considered such. Then his wife handed him the above verse. Even with his responsibilities at home and his business, his wife new that the work that we were to be doing this week was far more important. With that said, the above verse assures us that any work we do for the Lord will be justly rewarded. When you consider all the good Jason will do this week by putting some things on hold it exemplifies the Christ like behavior of serving others first. Certainly this summer offers you an opportunity to serve in some capacity. Sure you’re busy . . . . but are you any busier than Jason? The opportunities abound for you to
change someone’s life forever and the best part of it all is that you will be rewarded 10 times over. What or WHO will you impact this summer?

1 Cor 15:58 – Therefore, my brothers be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.