Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
"The Church That's in
Business for God and God's Business is People"
“The Lord told Gideon... 'I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.' (Judges 7:4)
Sometimes God adds to us, other times He subtracts. At all times He knows what He's doing, so trust Him. You don't need a lot of people in your life, you just need the right people. So let God pick your friends!
When Gideon was out-numbered by the Midianites he chose 32,000 men to fight. Then God stepped in and said: "I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not." God kept 300 and let the rest go home because they didn't have the right attitude. He told Gideon: "Whoever is timid or afraid may leave… and go home".
Don't worry about numbers: God can still do more with less. Just get ready to lose some friends, for where God's taking you they can't go. They will tell you you're too young, too old, too uneducated, not the right race or gender, or it'll cost you too much and take too long. Don't argue, just love them, pray for them and tell them, "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17), and keep truckin'!
God told Moses He would take the Spirit that rested on him and put it on 70 others so they could carry the load with him (Numbers 11:16-17). That's what you need - people with the same Spirit (attitude and outlook) as you. Just because somebody is gifted doesn't mean they belong in your life.
Now, let's be honest. Are we really letting God pick our friends or are we doing what society likes and "selecting" our friends based on what they can do for us or how they can make us appear?