Separation From The World
The thing that keeps many individuals from receiving Christ is that they do not want to be changed and do not want to be different, separated from the world. That desire also lingers in the lives of immature Christians and carnal Christians. Many don*t realize that being different and separate from the world is a tremendous blessing. Neither do they realize that being different and separate are part of the gift of salvation. Separation from the world is first of all the work of God and then becomes the responsibility and the joy of a Christian.
Exodus 11:7: But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
The people of Israel were the people of God and Egypt was a type of the world. When we receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord, He immediately puts a difference between us and the world. We are children of God and they are not. We are on the way to Heaven and they are not. We have become new creatures and they have not.
Our old nature, our flesh, wants to be in the world and like the world. It wants to minimize the differences between us and the world. But our new nature wants to be like Christ. To our flesh, being different and separated from the world is an awful thing. To our new nature, being different and separated is a wonderful thing.
Galatians 5:17: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
God has made us eternally different. We cannot change that. We can never stop being children of God. That was His work. We cannot undo what He does.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Although we can never stop being children of God, we must choose day by day and moment by moment whether to behave like children of God or children of the Devil. Behaving like children of God is our work. I have not always behaved as if I was a son of my biological parents. But I am still their son. We do not always behave like children of God. But we are still children of God. When I behaved the way my parents wanted me to, my life was more enjoyable. When I behave the way my Heavenly Father wants me to, my life is more blessed. When I received the chastisement of my parents, my life was not so good. When I receive the chastisement of my Heavenly Father, life is not so good either.
Behaving the way the Lord wants me to is becoming more and more desirable to me the longer I experience the blessings of it and the more I avoid His chastisement.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We have an enemy that prefers to turn things upside down for us and keep them that way. Satan would like us to believe that being part of the world and like the world is better. But believers pay a price for being like the world. Lot paid an awful price for his unwillingness to be separate from the world.
Care to discuss Separation From The World with Ron?