I've been wrestling with what I should do about my non-Christian friends. I've been friends with some of them for years, talked to them about God, read the Bible with them, but they just don't seem interested of affected. It's been wearing on me and I don't know what to do anymore. Do I continue to try to reach them, or do I let them make their own deicions and live how they want to?
I'm at a point in my life where I want to be around Christians my own age. In my church, there's only one other guy my age, and no girls. At school, I'm only friends with one other guy in my grade, and I don't have my girl friends my age either. A lot of my friends are a little younger than me. That's nice and all, but I need Christians my own age.
In my morning devotional, I read part of 1 John. One verse lept off the page: 1 John 2:4 says, "The man who says, "I know Him," but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in Him." I'm thinking maybe that's why I want more close Christian friends: because I'm don't like hanging out with liars! I'm not saying most of my friends say they're Christians but aren't; rather, I'm saying I don't have enough mature Christian friends my own age.
Everyone can agree that we get most excited about something when all of our friends are excited about it. I need more friends that are excited about God! Why? Check out the following verse, 1 John 2:5: "But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in Him..." I want friends in whom God's love is made complete! I want more friends who are excited, passionate, in love with Christ. I thank God for the friends that I already have, but there's a saying: Familiarity breeds contempt. I can't keep hanging out with the same people, over and over again, without some sort of change. I love meeting new people and making new friends, and even more so when I'm befriending strong and mature Christians!
New friends are so much fun. There's nothing like getting to know someone. I pray that God will continue to bless me with Godly friends and to add more soldiers to His Army to fight alongside me. Amen.