What, in the World?

A true Christian, a disciple – how does he or she handle being in but not of the world? This is not an easy question to answer. For example: some entertainment is appropriate for a Christian. Some appropriate entertainment has a little inappropriate content. A certain level of friendliness with non-Christians (along with love and concern) is necessary to communicate the gospel. Intimate friendships lead to compromise. I would like to share some guidelines that I hope will be helpful. Assuming a genuine relationship with Jesus, as our Lord and Savior, our number one priority is to please and honor Him. Are we willing and determined to do that, even if it means that we can’t do certain things or go certain places that are common among unsaved people? (Can we do this without a “holier than thou” attitude)? Do we find our joy and pleasure in those things that matter for eternity or is there a secret longing for the dainties “of Egypt (i.e; the world)?” Are our hearts “wrapped up” in those things that draw us ever closer to Him? Or do we live for things like fun and work? If we are not giving ourselves constantly to the things that draw us closer to Him, something is wrong! Only as we grow in holiness of heart and life will we demonstrate a wonderful alternative to the empty lifestyle of those outside of Christ. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). Anything that dishonors Him in the eyes of others must not be allowed in our lives. Selah! He matters above all else. Give Him first place in our lives. Live to honor and glorify Him in the eyes and minds of others as they watch us.    Ron

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