Of it or Just in it
We are to love the people in this world, and Matthew 28:19-20 gives us clear instruction that we are to preach the gospel to them. I am by no means saying that we have to detach ourselves from real life, denying the existence of things like Facebook or ipods or Big Macs. We live in this world and so did our Saviour. But that does not mean that we are permitted to conform to the ways of this world. God placed us in this world but He did not call us to be of this world. Romans 12:2 clarifies this when Paul says, ‘Do not be conformed to this world.’
1 John 2 goes on to inform us that ‘…the world is passing away.’ What is this world worth in comparison to Heaven? Our lives here are so short compared to eternity. So why does it matter whether we look cool or have the latest things? As my father says, ‘Who cares what labels you’re wearing on the Day of Judgment!?’ We can get so wrapped up with the things of this world that we lose our eternal perspective!
Materialism is choking the church and we sit back and do nothing. Ask yourself what the differences are between you and your non-Christian friends. Are there any? If people see that we are the same as everybody else, how will they see Christ in us or identify our love for Him?
The world is a lot more discerning than we give it credit for, and people know when they are getting shallow and pretend religion. Our lives should not be in contradiction to the message that we preach. Before you make a decision about what clothes to wear, what film to watch or – fill in the blank – think about whether that thing will enable the world to see Christ in you.
Another startling thing we are told of in Scripture is that the ‘whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.’(1 John 5:19). The devil is influencing this world, so surely if we want to glorify God, the world should be the last place we look for assurance and pleasure!
Let us not set our standards as just a bit better than the world; let us aim for the highest standards! We should try to be like Jesus Christ, not our contempories. James 4:4 reminds us that ‘friendship with the world is enmity with God…whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.’ That is serious, isn’t it? Thomas Manton said ‘A carnal Christian is no Christian but the carcass of a Christian, if we don’t put the love of the world to death the world will put us to death.’
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