Some parents tend to try and help their children stay away from “bad” kids. Now, these other kids could be bad for any number of reasons, some may be their fault and some may not, but the end result is the same–“I don’t want you playing with [insert name here]. He/she is a bad influence on you.”
This parenting tip comes to us from Proverbs. Look at this one:
Walk with wise people and become wise; befriend fools and get in trouble.
There it is. Who we choose to associate with can impact our lives greatly. The essential point is that if you want to grow in your relationship with God, you need to associate with people who have a deep and abiding relationship with God already. If you want to cultivate a spiritual attribute such as generosity or service, you need to associate with Christians who already exhibit that behavior.
If you want to grow deeper in your relationship with God but are still mostly associating with those who want nothing to do with God or are at best indifferent to God, you are going to have a tough road.