I have a stack of papers, (mostly napkins) on my desk that have notes scribbled on them. Sometimes it's a verse of scripture or words from a song. These are usually things I have heard on the radio as I was driving; things that had a special meaning at the time and I didn't want to forget.

One of these papers says, "If you can't take God with you, why are you there?" It also refers to II Corinthians 6:14-18 which talks about not being unequally yoked with unbelievers. It also speaks about whether there can be a relationship between Christ and Belial, believers and unbelievers and the temple of God and idols. Verse 17 says we are to come out from among them and be separate.

We know as believers we have the Spirit of God living within us, so wherever we go, He goes. Do we ever take Him into a place He does not want to be?

We live in the world but we still need to be separate from it. Our daily lives may dictate that we spend time with unbelievers. I think this is especially true in job situations. Even when we shop or visit a restaurant or some other public place there may be unbelievers in arms reach or the sound of our voices. But can't these all be mission fields for us to either, by example or word, say to the world that we love the Lord?

I guess maybe what I'm trying to say is that we can't be too careful about the places we go and why we are there.

If you can't take God with you, why are you there? I'm sure I will be asking myself this question more in the future.

New lessons from God's word are truly a blessing.