Not Of This World

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m reading through Andrew Murray’s book “Like Christ” and it is officially rocking my socks. Every day has been some new and refreshing revelation that schooled me and today’s was particularly poignant as I read through 1 John this morning. “15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” -1 John 2:15-17The idea of being both in and separated from the world is complicated and really gave me a lot of pause when I tried to work through it in the past, let alone trying to figure out how to live as someone set apart and yet engaged with the world. Murray tackles this with clarity and gusto that inspires me and I had to share (vacation or not!).”Christians! see here the true imitation of Jesus Christ. ‘Wherefore come out from among them,and be ye separate, saith the Lord’ (2 Corinthians 6:17). Then the promise is fulfilled, ‘I will dwell in them and walk in them’ (2 Corinthians 6:16). Then Christ sends you, as the Father sent Him, to be in the world as the place ordained of your Father to glorify Him, and to make known His love. A truly unworldly, heavenly spirit manifests itself not so much in the desire to leave earth for heaven, as in the willingness to live the life of heaven here on earth.’Not of the world’ is not only separation from and testimony against the world, but it is the living manifestation of the spirit, the love, and the power of the other world–of the heaven to which we belong, in it’s divine work of making this world partaker of its blessedness.”Amen.

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