John 17:14 NKJV - "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."
Just as Jesus lived His life IN this world He didn't live His life as if He was OF this world. He was a Heavenly Man living like a Heavenly Man in this sinful world. And that's how He wants every Christian to live. According to Philippians 3:20, the Christian's citizenship is in heaven. And Colossians 3:1 tells believers to "set their minds on things above." Now, that doesn't mean a Christian "should be so heavenly minded that they're no earthly good!" And certainly they should not be "so earthly minded that they are no heavenly good!" The balance is Christ.
As Jesus lived with compassion and kindness for the people of this world we should let His Spirit live that kind of life through us as well. Jesus didn't take this world's values as His own and neither should we. Jesus showed that living for the glory of His Father brought Him the greatest joy and made Him the fantastic influence He was. And as we also live for God's glory so we will live abundantly happy lives and our influence will impact the world around us.
Yes, as our Daily Verse says, the world may hate us. That's because we oppose living sinful lives and joining the world in immoral pleasures. But though they may hate us we should remember they hated Jesus too. How did He react to that hatred? He loved the people anyway. And He can help us do the same.
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Mt Ephraim Baptist Church | 25 S. Black Horse Pike | Mt Ephraim, NJ 08059
Senior Pastor, Stephen A. Eckardt | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 856.981.7288