July 30, 2009
Understanding the World Order
You may have heard that believers are to be “in the world but not of the world.” Do you find yourself wondering what the difference is between those two options?
Christians have to participate in their culture’s systems (John 17:11-16), which include such spheres as commerce, politics, law, religion, art, education, and science—believers keep homes, go to church, make and spend money, create objects, etc. But no matter how fulfilling those involvements are, God’s children are to value the heavenly Father above all earthly pursuits (Matt. 6:33).
This is not to say that everyday activities are devoid of spiritual purpose, however.
Interaction with nonbelievers is a primary way that we model and spread the gospel. If we were to withdraw from society, how would the lost learn about Jesus?
So, while associating with non-Christians is very appropriate, we should be aware of what’s driving the world system. The Devil corrupted God’s perfect order, with a goal of diverting devotion away from the Lord. Where God intended that we receive peace and contentment from obeying Him, Satan promotes the delusion of self-fulfillment.
No pleasure offered by the world system is permanent or truly rewarding. One day it will be destroyed and replaced with a kingdom devoted to God (2 Peter 3:13).
Until Christ establishes a new heaven and earth, believers must take part in this world. But we are to see it as it truly is—a place corrupted by Satan. Earthly success or pleasure can never equal the soul-satisfying kingdom that awaits us. So be sure your heart stays turned toward God.
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