We are always in danger but protected as we live in Christ and do not compromise with the world, for “there is One greater” in us “than there is in the world”.


Jn17.15

We Christians don’t belong to the world any more than Jesus belonged to the world. This is why the world hates us. Nonetheless, Jesus did not ask His Father to take us out of the world but to guard us from the evil one. Thus, we live “behind enemy lines.” We are always in danger but protected as we live in Christ and do not compromise with the world, for “there is One greater” in us “than there is in the world”.

Christ didn’t pray that we might be kept free from sin, strengthened for our duty, and brought safely to heaven. He didn’t pray that we should be removed from the world in order that we might escape its rage, since we have great work to do for the glory of God and the benefit of humankind. He prayed that the Father would keep us from evil, from being corrupted by the world and from the power and craft of the devil, so that we might pass through the world as through an enemy’s country, just as He did. Christ prayed for us, so that we might not only be kept from the devil, but turned into good and faithful citizens of this world, in which we live.

Jesus promised that we would conquer the world. This promise is fulfilled by our life in the Spirit, for the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, proves “the world wrong about sin, about justice, about condemnation”. The Spirit will take us to the cross where we will be crucified to the world and the world to us. If we are baptized, that is, immersed in the Spirit, we will not be set on the things of the world. Rather, we will “have no love for the world, nor the things that the world affords”.

It is a call for action that means we are made holy and happy, through the work we do in the Name of Christ. We must pray for His sanctifying grace, so that we may be set apart for Christ and for His service.

As Christians, this is our privilege and the source of our joy. God has been so good to us! He has seen to it that we have everything we need, and more. He calls us by His own Name and makes us one with Him for all eternity. God blesses us as more than Sons and Daughters, but as small examples of His Presence here on Earth.

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