Separated by thousands of miles and several decades, my friend Karla and I were privileged to spend an afternoon together not long ago. Trying to cram thirty years into four hours wasn’t easy! We barely scratched the surface. Of everything we talked about, one thing that Karla said stuck in my mind. She mentioned that after so many years of marriage (35+) we tend to think like our mates, talk the way they do and…even look alike. Maybe that’s why someone called me Mrs. Jorge a few days ago!
We’ve all heard the old proverb that “A man is known by the company he keeps”. The Bible confirms this concept in several places. Immediately Moses comes to mind. We read that he spent a lot of time with God, “as a man speaks to his friend”, and his proximity to the Lord was evident, even on his face! (Exodus chapters 33 and 34)
Solomon, the wisest man in history, wrote that “He who walks with wise men will be wise.” (Pro. 13:20)
In the New Testament, Jesus told His disciples that everyone would know that they belong to Him if they love one another like He loved them. (John 13:34,35) That is still true today.
Later, the highest Jewish court “saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
The apostle Paul wrote that in the measure that we behold the glory of the Lord we are transformed into His image. (2nd Corinthians 3:18)
Moses lived it; Solomon knew it; Jesus taught it; Peter and John experienced it; the apostle Paul confirmed it, and Karla reminded me of it: We become like the person we spend time with. The secret to becoming more like Jesus is very simple: spend more time with Him in the Word. That’s what I want to do, because I want people recognize me as a friend of Jesus, not just as Mrs. Jorge!