Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
There are two things that we deal with in life that determines what we do, the “what” and the “who.” Mistakenly, many believe the “what” is their problem, but the “what” is only a result of the “who” they allowed in their life. I hear people often say, “I need to get my life fixed before I start going to church.” What they are saying is that they need to change the “what” in their life before they start going to church. Sadly, I have NEVER heard one person say, “I need to get rid of some ‘who’ in my life so that I start doing what is right.”
It is always a “who” that determines that “what” in our lives. Paul asked in Galatians 5:7, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” You will notice that he did not ask “what” hindered them, but “who” hindered them from obeying the truth. It is always a “who” that pulls you away from God.
On the other hand, Paul understood that it is also a “who” that will push us towards doing right. Paul asked in the verse above, “…who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” It is a “who” that influences you to do right. Every person who has done right did right because someone influenced their life to do right. I can look at my life and think of many people who influenced me to do right. Both of my parents influenced me to do right. A preacher friend of our family, Bro. Rick Flanders, had a great influence on me to do right. My pastor and friend for many years, Dr. Jack Hyles, influenced my life for right. Pastor Jack Trieber also influenced my life for right because I watched how God blessed his work at a distance. Always understand that the positive “who” in your life will influence you for right.
Moreover, it is a “Who,” Jesus Christ, that delivers us from the “what” that the wrong “who” influenced us to do. Paul answered the question about who would deliver him from his body of death by saying, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Just like a “who” influences you for right or wrong, it is also going to take the “Who” in the person of Jesus Christ to get you away from the “what” that is destroying your life.
My friend, it is vitally important that you be careful about who you allow into your life. You will rarely, if ever, influence someone weaker than you to do right when you run with them. You influence the weaker to do right by running with a stronger person, and if they choose to follow you, you will influence them to do right. You must be careful about who you let influence you as a friend, in your music, or in the materials that you read. It is better to get rid of the wrong friends and offend them than to let them be the “who” that hindered you to do wrong.
Moreover, parents must be watchful about their children’s friends. The best chance you have in your children turning out right is by making sure they have the right friends. It only takes one wrong friend to influence your child for wrong. Watch closely the friends of your children, because one wrong friend will pull them away from God and right.
Furthermore, stop trying to change the “what” in your life and get God back into your life, and the wrong “what” will change. You get rid of the wrong by getting close to God because the closer you get to God the more right you will do.