Genesis 13:9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Not everyone belongs in your world and it does not mean that they are necessarily bad people. They are just not the right fit in helping you to get to where you want to go. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, was an example of one of those people. He did not belong in the world of Abraham. When Abraham was called by God to leave Haran, he decided to take Lot with him. It was a kind gesture on Abraham’s part as Lot’s father, Haran, had died. Abraham being the eldest son took on the responsibility to take care of his nephew. Nevertheless, it did not take Abraham long to realize that Lot was not a good fit for where God was taking him. The indicator used by Abraham was the strife between his herdsman and that of Lot’s. To accomplish great things, you need people around you who will cooperate with you and not seek to tear you down. Based on the lack of cooperation that was evident, Abraham suggested that both men part ways.
Outside of a willingness to cooperate with you, there are at least two other indicators that can be used to determine whether someone belongs in your world. A willingness to stick with you through thick or thin is one factor that should also be considered when deciding whether someone qualifies to walk with you. Lot had no interest in sticking around; he quickly split at the suggestion by Abraham. Compare his response with that of Ruth, she vowed never to leave Naomi (Ruth 1) even though the situation that they faced was extremely difficult.
A second indicator as to whether someone belongs in your world is their willingness to sacrifice their wellbeing to see you to get ahead; Jonathan did that with David. He accepted David as the next King of Israel even though if David was not in the picture he would have been in line to succeed his father as King.
Many people will come into your life but not everyone is fit to walk with you. Use care in deciding who belongs in your world.
Life Application: Identify those who belong in your world by their willingness to cooperate and stick with you through thick and thin. Look also if they are selfless in their approach in championing your best interest.
Prayer: Lord, help me to surround myself with the right people. Place people in my life who are there for the right reason and remove those who are there to cause disruption to your order of things for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.