“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers” (Psalm 1:1).
Walking, standing, and sitting depict three ever-deepening levels of association with those having no regard for the things of God. To walk with the wicked is a casual acquaintance; standing in the path of sinners is to associate with them more closely, while sitting with scoffers is to accept the lifestyle of those who are cynical and mock God. While being salt and light thrusts us into this world, these must not be our closest and most meaningful relationships. It’s the synergy from the sheep that gives us energy among the goats.