John 15:19 “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (NIV)
Unfortunately Christians live too often between being sold out to God and being a part of this world. Money, power, sexual emphasis, and acceptance provide powerful attractions to the world. This tension between God and the world will make you feel like a foreigner in a foreign land. God has called you out of the world as one who represents Him. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” This tension between God and the world will probably exist for the rest of your life, so it is important to learn how to walk with Christ while living in the world. The most important factor in doing this is to fall more in love with Jesus. A growing love for Jesus will consume the allures and temptations of the world. This tension is further diminished by cultivating the eyes of Jesus. Matthew 9:36 says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Instead of seeing others and the world as your playground, see it as your mission field! Learn to see others as who they are and what they are experiencing - hurting, used by others, an empty heart, desperate, and purposeless. When you are doing this, you are drawn into ministry and sharing Christ instead of purposeless pleasure. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 2:1, “I thought in my heart, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless.” Solomon continued throughout chapter 2 covering every activity in life and how they are all meaningless outside of God. As your heart grows more in love with Jesus, you will naturally be filled with greater compassion for people and driven with greater mission for God’s kingdom. You will be in the world, but in the world as Jesus was – powerfully drawing people to God!
1 John 5:18-20 “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true — even in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (NIV)