Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” – John 18:36-37 ESV
As FOLLOWERS and DOERS of our LORD, JESUS- we are to be LIKE CHRIST. The term Christian means, “little Christ”. True Christians are members of His kingdom which is “not of this world”. In his letter to the Philippian church Paul declares; “Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior”. (Phil 3:17-20)
Leader, we are only on this earth for a short time, being used by God and being transformed into HIS LIKENESS! We must remember some things are temporal and others are eternal- we must look beyond the temporal and the sensual to the ETERNAL. The book of James is known to be the FIRST book written, and one of the MOST practical books in the new testament. Jesus’ half-brother, puts it bluntly; Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14) C.S. Lewis bluntly stated this fact; “Aim at heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’; aim at earth and you will get neither”.
Conduit, God is asking all of us to walk a fine line between being actively and properly involved “in” the world so we can reach and help other people – LIKE JESUS DID- AND, also making sure we understand that we are NOT ‘OF’ this WORLD-that we do not become like those EARTH DWELLERS and fall too deep, too far into the world where we start to ACT, THINK and BE like those who accept the WAY OF THE WORLD and fall into the actual evil, depravity, and corruptness of this world. Jesus told us HE IS THE WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and nobody comes to the Father- God, except THROUGH HIM, with HIM and because of HIM! You are not OF this world, if you are truly in CHRIST! Be HIS ambassador and HIS SLAVE- wear those chains with a heavenly pride! And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10)