We have often heard the idea that people can reflect certain qualities and characteristics on other people. When we go on job interviews, find new friends or come into a new relationship with someone we project certain characteristics.
What if those characteristics are never seen or realized by others? What if our talents, abilities and skills are under the shadow of something or someone else? Many people do not accomplish their full potential in life because they are not seen by others in the right way. What causes that to happen?
This can happen by the company we keep. There have been many individuals with great skills and talents unexposed because of certain people they hang around. This is usually not intentional but it does happen.
Often times the company we keep shadows the potential of individuals who can become greater than what they think. The problem is that these people need a chance to show it and a chance to be seen. Many individuals often hang out with those that do not elevate their potential but tend to keep them at certain levels and certain ideas of success.
A crowd usually isn’t aware of individual potential. Most of the time a crowd will only see a person as a member or supporter of their ideas or values.
A person needs to be careful with the company they keep. The crowd they hang around could be giving them the assumption they are as good as they will ever be. Yet God may have other ideas.
Sometimes our potential is hidden because the focus is on the crowd and what they are doing. Sometimes the “bad” of the crowd overhshadows the “good” of individuals. Sometimes the habits and culture of a crowd will smother the exposure of individuals. As a result potential is never noticed and skills are never realized.
Christ sees our value in life and what our potential can accomplish. He sees goals that we can achieve which we never imagined possible because of the people we hang around. This is why God pulls us away from the crowds and sets our feet on new paths many times. This is why we make new friends and tend to lose old ones in a relationship with Christ.
To gain our potential in life requires changes that involve exposure to our skills and talents. That exposure will not take place unless we can be set apart and allow people to see us as an individual and not just part of a crowd.
2 Corinthians 6:17 tells believers to come out from among them and be separate. As long a person is part of the wrong crowd and reflects their ideas and philosophies, that person will only blend in and not stand out. Choose your friends wisely because of this!
Christ is the one who sees our value in life. That value will only be realized and achieved if we choose to make Christ our Friend. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).