Being in the World, not of the World

Commentary By:  Gordon King

A fallen world, the world in which we live.  Being a Christian in the world is a very difficult task.  We must live in the world while at the same time not be of the world.  This may seem easy to some, but I bet you a red penny, for many of us it’s not. 

I for one, find it very hard not to be part of the world.  We are to be Christ-like, to spread His love, mercy, and forgiveness.  This part is a no-brainer for me.  However, we must also live in the world, make a living in the world, and survive in the world.  We can’t just sit back in a cave waiting for Jesus to return for us.  As Christians and as humans, we need to be in the world.  We do live in the world, there is no changing that, like it or not.

I think that the most difficult part of all this is to not conform to the world.  In modern society this can be a daunting task with all of the technology and conveniences that we have, with all of the secularism surrounding us.  What to watch and what not to watch, what to wear and what not to wear, where to go and where not to go, what to do and what not to do, should I decide on this or on that?  It’s not always so “black and white”, there is not always a defining line laid out before us.

I mean really, should I only watch Christian movies, or is it ok to watch secular movies also?  Should I only read Christian books, or is it ok to read secular books as well?  Is it ok to watch secular programming on television, or should I only watch Christian programming?  Can I listen to secular radio stations or should I only listen to Christian radio programs?  The list goes on my friends, on and on.

If you were not raised into a Christian home, as I was not, then the task can be even more difficult.  If most of your family are not Christian, then this just adds fuel to the fire.  Not only that, but with most of society conforming to the world, we have an even more difficult time discerning what we should do should not do.

We all come from different back grounds and have different experiences in life.  Not one of us are alike.  We are all unique individuals with our own talents and abilities.  Our perspectives of the world are coming from different places molded by our experiences in life.  Therefore we must be patient, kind, and have mercy on those around us.

We must seek the Lord in all that we do, I know this.  However, sometimes we don’t hear God.  Sometimes we don’t feel led by the Holy Spirit.  These are the times that are most difficult.  There are times when I cry out to the Lord for help, for Him to show me the way, and to lead me in His will.  Sometimes He does, and other times He doesn’t, or least I don’t hear Him.

The fact is, that I don’t have all of the answers.  I am not a perfect Christian, and I will be the first one to admit it.  I am growing in the Lord, learning His ways.  I know that I love the Lord, that I seek His face and to be with Him in heaven.  I know that the Lord is changing me and molding me to His image.  These things I do know.  I also know that the Lord works on His own time schedule, not mine.  I know that I need to be patient with Him, with myself and with others.

I am not writing this to give an answer as to “how we are to live in the world”, but rather to give food for thought.  How many other brothers and sisters in Christ go through the same thing?  Do you also find it difficult to live in the world, or is it an easy task for you? 

The point is, that this is the reality of our situation.  We cannot change it.  We are living in the world.  If you are like me, then you are not alone.  Keep the faith, stay strong, and encourage one another with the word of God.

God bless my friends!

6 thoughts on “Being in the World, not of the World

  1. How true are your words Gordon.
    Yes, let’s keep encouraging ourselves to be strong in adversary. Remembering Jesus and US (Christians) are the majority, we shouldn’t fear when we have Jesus in us, even though we might be surrounded by enemies of every kind. There is power in the name of Jesus! Jesus is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. He never changes, we need too. We were born into this world but with Jesus we’re not of the world, for the world has rejected Him. Jesus is true to those who love Him. Jesus is a prayer a way, ask for help, ask for His saving grace, ask Him into your heart, every day. Everyday there’s challenges. Although at times we might think He has not heard us He has, its just that He sees the whole picture (God sees the end from the beginning and everything in between), might be that what you are asking is not going to be good for you in the long run. He does grant us our prayer in His timetable, we need to be still and hear Him.
    There’s lessons to be learned in what we’re experiencing now, lessons on patience, humility, courage, faith, love, ask for the lesson to be clear that you might understand and continue. Through trials and tribulations we learn to be stronger, to hang in there, to humble ourselves, to know our weaknesses and overcome. Jesus came to show us the way to the Father – Himself – Lets emulate Him. He too was tempted but fought back with the words from the Holy Scriptures. Let Him fight your battles too, with Him firmly grounded in you through His word and His Spirit. Truth is what sets us free. If someone doesn’t want to hear it at least you planted the seed and through prayer God will do the rest.
    Sometimes consequences need to take its coarse, even if we acknowledging our own sinful nature and repent. Repenting is necessary and the beginning of fearing the Lord and gaining wisdom. Everyone needs to come to this point on their own. No one is perfect, the only one that was (and still is) we crucified. Because He made our sins known. He had a better way to achieve peace and the powers that be at the time did not want this. And here we are today with the same problem, the same crossroad.. We think we can do it alone, but all you have to do is look around to see that we can’t. We’re not just fighting with ourselves but with principalities and powers of the fallen angels who roam to destroy us.
    The more we seek God and the truth, the more the evil one and his minions attack us — we are God’s children, remember this when your at your lowest, dust yourself off and move forward, through Christ we have everlasting life, love and true harmony, something the evil one is against and no longer can attain. The truth of the Holy Scriptures’, in its sacred pages are all kinds of trials and inspirations to learn from, to show us right from wrong, shows us creations from beginning to what’s to come, shows us what’s expected of us in whatever road WE choose to go through, it also encourage us to persevere Jesus has won the war for us – eternal life. We need to humbly give Him our hearts.
    Seek and learn the truth and come under God’s grace, under the Spirit and power of God, where the evil one can’t touch us. Jesus is the only way to salvation. He’s the only one we should go to when times are good with thanksgiving and especially when there not. We’re forever learning of Him in every aspect of our lives, lets carry it forward especially when we think he’s not there. Jesus speaks truth and truth can not be killed. We are to rely on Him, trust Him. Be truthful in your dealings with your fellowman and stay true to God. His advent is near.
    May God rule our lives with truth and understanding. In Jesus’ name. All good things come from Him. Receive and accept His gift and never let it go…. God bless.

  2. It is becoming much more intensely difficult to live as a Christian and also in this fallen world. It comes down to the choices we make. God placed man and woman in the most ideal place in the garden of Eden, everything is great, no sin, no temptation, no way to go wrong and that was their world to life in, a world of perfection and mind, body, and relationship totally devoted to God the way He made them and according to His plan and desires.. However, when the ole dragon the devil came along and tempted them and they fell and were driven out of the garden, they were in a totally different world. a fallen world, a world of sin and that is the world we who are redeemed are trying to live in today, we have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling inside “us” yet the “world” is opposed to everything the Spirit of God is. this is a world that is ruled by the devil, for the devil and of the devil, this world is disposable it is going out of existence.

    1 John 2:15-17
    15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    Thank God He is coming back to make all things new, a new heaven and a new earth. And for those who are His a new immortal, incorruptible body for all eternity. Glory to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross.

  3. I read your post once again Gordon since posting my last reply and will answer your question; “yes” it is difficult to live as a Christian in this world, it is not easy my any means. The amount of temptation and worldliness available to us is enormous compared to the past century. It is our job to be overcomers and not participate in worldliness. 1John 5:5 says: Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This whole topic enormous many avenues. The things of the world really opened up to the American access with the advent of movies in the 1930’s It opened the door to sexual sins, infidelity, flesh, violence, booze, smoking and carnality. Then came television in the 1950″s granted it was mostly decent up until the late 1960s with the advent of Elvis, American bandstand, and the devils music of rock and roll. Recorded music brought the erotic and sensual “beat” in music mainstream along with an entire drug culture. Recorded tape and reel brought in porno. Hustler and Playboy exploded in popularity. Strip clubs became an American institution, Then the big event happened, the internet was invented and now it’s no hold bared, every kind and form of evil that exists was made available in every home and now with wireless and touch is available at every fingertip or swipe. I’ve had many Christian men confess to me that their biggest enemy is their i phone or smart phone. All this is now spread like a thick jell over our entire land like a deadly poison. Not to mention the sin of obesity that is as deadly as any of it. We have turned into a fast food nation with deadly consequences. Childhood obesity is at a crisis, The state of WVa has an obese adult population of 38% check it out. We are killing ourselves with addicting deep-fried foods. Cocaine is flooding into our nation from the south, marijuana is legal in many places and drug use is skyrocketing. Homosexuality is now a sacred institution and insulated from even being criticized.
    We as Cristian men are living at the most critical time in the worlds history, do we stand strong against the wiles of the devil and not participate in the evils and sins? or do we get near and dab a little here or there and use the excuse that “there is really nothing wrong with it” This world and all that I have mentioned is our battlefield, it’s the reality of our situation, this world can corrupt our witness, it can lead us astray, it causes ministers and pastors to fall, it breaks apart families and destroys health, it weakens us spiritually and causes us to loose focus on Jesus. This world is evil and it stinks to the nostrils of God. We are in it but not of it, but the devil doesn’t believe this, he will do everything he can to make use of this world to weaken us, to get us to let down our spiritual armor. Let’s stay focused on God and be wise and discerning. “maranatha”

  4. Yes SweetJava, we must look to the Lord for direction and guidance. The world is a tuff place to live for Christians, and I believe that it will become even worse. We must keep the faith and continue our walk with the Lord. God bless!

  5. The world is difficult and becoming more difficult Ethin. That’s my point, we as Christians don’t always make the right decisions, just because we have been saved doesn’t mean that we automatically do the right thing. I wish that it were so. It is a learning process, a building of our faith, and increasing our knowledge of the Lord. Wouldn’t it be nice if when we were saved, that we totally changed instantaneously into how God wants us to be. That we had all the discernment that we needed, all the love, all the mercy, everything that the Lord makes available to us. But, I know that God changes us over time, through our faith and by our obedience to Him. God bless!

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