You may have heard the saying; ‘Out of this World’… It’s a figure of speech that describes something as impressive or enjoyable. Like the latest decadent cronut dessert or the dream holiday experience, it would not be misplaced to ascribe this colloquialism to them. And rightly so in some cases.
What would also be appropriate is to attribute this same saying to the Children of God. We are in the world but we’re not of this world. Jesus spake this of his followers; “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19
What Christ is referring to is based on the truth that the world’s system is ruled by Satan, considered the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4, Luke 4:5-6). As Believers, we live physically on this planet in this physical world but there is also a spiritual reality where the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. As not being of this world, we have a different value system and different morals and ethics. We learn and apply such concepts and ideas from the Word of God and by the inspiration of God. Our attitudes, behaviours, thoughts, presentation, priorities and every other aspect of our lives are to be influenced and determined not by popular media or celebrities or even politicians but they are to be determined by the absolute truth of God’s Word.
It’s not to say that everything in the world is bad, it is not, in fact all truth is God’s Truth. But when issues conflict with the Word of God which is becoming common place in the world today, we as Christians must remain faithful to the standards of morality and holiness that must be applied in this world but is of another world.
The sad indictment on this world came in John 1:10 -11 where it says; “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” The God of all Creation came to the world that He created and yet the inhabitants of the world rejected him. It is no different with God’s Church, where we are in this world but rejected and mocked and persecuted because we are not of this world. Yes we are awesome! Because we serve a God who is ‘Out of this World’!
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.