From my reading in John 17 in the One Year New Testament.
In Jesus’ prayer he gives important principles about how we should be in the world but not of the world.
“I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” John 17:14-18
We do not belong to this world.
Christians belong to a better world, heaven. Jesus reminds his disciples that the world will hate them. Even though we don’t belong to the world God want’s us here to make a difference.
Christians are to be in the world, but not of the world, for the sake of the world.
When we live differently in the world people will notice. Jesus sent us into the world with the life changing message of Jesus. Through sharing about him and living attractive and contagious lives among them we can help change the world.
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