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Davidisms - In the World but Not of the World

Have you found the right balance in life? With work? Family? Caring for others? Taking time for yourself? There’s one balance that’s particularly significant for Christ followers. How to be in the world but not of the world. It can be a difficult and delicate balance to find. Jesus says to his followers, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). He’s teaching us to be salt and light to the world. For all to see our love for him. Salt and light have properties which affect things around them. In the Bible, salt and light symbolize the actions we take to bring about justice. Healing. Compassion. In a dark and hurting world (Matt. 5:14-16). But Jesus also says, “I am not of the world” (John 17:16). He’s teaching us to not partake in the world’s values and godlessness. Instead, our lives should emulate his. We are called to be a holy people (1 Pet. 1:9). Different and separate from what the world believes. How it behaves. Its values and norms. Jesus’s followers are to be in the world but not of the world. It’s how Jesus lived. So should we.

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