October 11, 2011
In what is known as Jesus? high priestly prayer, twice He said ?they are not of this world, even as I am not of this world.?
But yet, we are ?in? this world. We live in it; work in it, ?sink or swim? in it. We can?t help being in it because that?s where we are now. But Jesus warned about being ?of? the world. In fact, He told the disciples that the world hated them.
At this point, you can?t do anything about getting out of the physical world ? until the Lord takes you home to Himself. You are here to stay.
Before your conversion you could not help being of the world. But ever since you trusted Jesus as Savior, you don?t belong to the world anymore.
In realms where you belong, you will feel comfortable. However, there are areas of the world in which you should feel very out of place.
What was Jesus referring to when he said you are ?in? but NOT ?of? this world? Was He speaking of our physical and social participation? Yes, there are many things in the world that we should shy away from. But we must also watch the mental/ intellectual and spiritual realms. In the things you do for God, you need to be careful not to use worldly methods to accomplish God?s task.
When my home church was contemplating a rebuilding program, the leaders at that time decided they would trust God to provide. Rather than borrowing from banks or individuals, they prayed. Members were moved to give. And though they didn?t have the money they trusted God to provide. In unexpected ways He supplied their needs. God honors those who honor Him.
Mary caught her colleague, a Christian no less, in a lie. But the latter denied any wrongdoing. In anger, Mary wanted to fire her. But she wondered if it was right to do so. Mary walked away, and took the matter to the Lord. A couple of hours later, the colleague approached Mary and apologized. They talked, and the culprit confessed. Mary saved someone her job, and helped a struggling colleague.
Is God the one to whom you are ultimately accountable? If you are lazy, calculative, demanding, and unrealistic, you may be revealing characteristics of those who belong to the world.
An old hymn declares:
?This world is not my home, I?m just a-passing through.
My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me from heaven?s open door,
and I can?t feel at home in this world anymore.?
Look into your heart and see if there are any ways ?of the world? you should be rid of. Jesus prays for you to be ?kept from the evil one.?
Do you see evidence of His prayer being answered?
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.