With all of the distractions in the world and the pressures of society, it’s difficult not to get sidetracked from our true purpose in life. It seems as time goes on, there are more and more influences capturing our attention.
We need to be alert and aware. Time is short and we need to remember, as Christians, that we are in this world but are not of it.
What does this mean? First, it is inevitable we live in the world–we need to eat, drink, sleep and socialize. But it means we are not of the world on a deeper level. We are in the world but we are not OF it. We are different, set apart, to be HOLY for God.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:8).
We are on display for God and we need to represent him well. What we do matters, and we need to remember our purpose is to spread to the good news and the gospel of the Lord. People are watching. They observe how you live your life and even if they don’t say it, they are seeing how you are different from the world as a believer in Christ.
We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men (1 Corinthians 4:9).
PI readers, it is important to remember we are not of this earthly system. There will be ups and downs in life, and man-made systems may fail, but if you remain with the Lord, I have good news for you…you are of HIS system! We are citizens of His everlasting Kingdom.
Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Phillipians 3:20-21).
Are you wondering what kinds of practical ways you can be in the world but not of it? Well, here are some examples: You can choose not to listen to certain types of music, honor God in your words and actions, read the Bible daily and apply it to your life and pray continually for friends and family.
PI readers, can you think of ways you have been set apart or are not “of the world”?