26 May In the World but Not of It
What does it mean “in the world but not of it”? A phrase often used by Evangelist Billy Graham, might cause some confusion for some and clarity for others. However it’s quite simple. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you start a covenant with God. Once that happens, you start removing ungodly things about yourself. As it is written, My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20.
Once that transformation happens, you don’t belong to this world anymore because you are now being chosen as a child of God. As a parent teaches his/her child, God teaches us what is right and wrong through his word, the Bible. Once you start having the mind of Christ, all views you had of world will change forever. However from time to time, we will need to be reminded as Christians that we are not to participate in worldly things through God’s word. As it is written, Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2.
As a child of God, you now have access to heavenly things. You are given the Holy Spirit and his gifts and his fruit. You are given angels to minister to you. Jesus Christ promises a place will be there for us in Heaven and he will take us there. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. – John 14:3.
Satan, the prince of this world, knows this and hates this. This is why he and his kingdom fight so hard so we won’t know the truth about ourselves and our relationship with God. Once we are born again, we become the enemy of the world because we are not worshiping Satan anymore through sin. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil–the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. – Ephesians 2:2.