We Are To Be In The World, Not Of The World… For The Sake Of The World – John 17

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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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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