People Are Like Plastic Pitchers
Shep Johnson
Sunday, July 3, 2016

When I was a boy, my mother would normally prepare iced tea to serve with supper.  But, occasionally, she would make Kool-Aid for my sister and me.  Daddy didn’t care much for Kool-Aid, so we didn’t have it very often.  But something I remember very well is that when Kool-Aid was prepared in a plastic pitcher, the flavor would remain and affect the taste of any tea which might be stored later in that same pitcher.  We quickly learned that Kool-Aid and tea should be put in separate pitchers.  Plastic pitchers are permeable and absorptive.

  People are like plastic pitchers; we tend to absorb whatever we are exposed to.  As human beings we are like sponges, we soak up whatever we are immersed in.  Therefore, we must be careful about the friends we choose and the activities we pursue. 

  In 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NASB95) the Apostle Paul writes, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”

  Proverbs 13:20 (NASB95) says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

  Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:11 (NASB95) , “I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”

  One of the saddest passages in the Bible is found in 2 Chronicles 22:2-3 (NASB95) where the Bible says, “Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly.”

  Indeed, “Bad company corrupts good morals.”  We are influenced for evil by the ungodly people with whom we associate.

  Charles Spurgeon once said, “I believe that one reason the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”

  Fortunately, the reverse is also true.  Good company strengthens good morals.  Proverbs 27:17 (NASB95) says, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

  Being around godly people has a positive effect on an individual.  Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB95) says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

  The local church is a place where believers can come together to stimulate and influence one another to love and good deeds.  That’s why Sunday School, worship services, and prayer meetings are so essential to Christian development.

  The great mathematician Blaise Pascal once observed, “The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of God.”

  Don’t soak up the stench of the world by involving yourself with the wrong people and activities. Instead, immerse yourself in the sweet fragrance of the body of Christ, His Church.

  Bro. Shep