Not of This World

Not of This World

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. John 17:14

Recommended Reading – John 17:9-17

After His last sermon in the Gospels, which is recorded in John 13-16, Jesus paused to pray for His disciples; and His words are preserved in the next chapter, John 17. In verse 14 He prayed, “I am not of the world.” Being eternally God, Jesus entered the world via a virgin birth and left the world by ascending to heaven from the Mount of Olives. He was truly “not of the world.”

But the preceding phrase in verse 14 is mind-bending, for it says of us, His followers, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

We don’t belong to this world any more than Jesus did. We’re strangers and exiles here, just as He was. Our citizenship is in heaven, our eternal home is there, and our values are determined from there — just like Him. These aren’t easy days to be a Christian, but, then, no such days have ever existed. The challenges of living a Christian life in today’s culture can’t be used as an excuse for not walking with God. Stay true to Him no matter what the world says. You don’t belong to it.

How then can we deal with our tendency toward worldliness? It is not by determining that we will not be worldly, but by committing ourselves to becoming more godly.
Jerry Bridges

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