In The World But Not Of The World

Have you ever heard of this phrase? It’s said all too often by Christians.

Home. The word stirs deep sentiment, a subtle longing, nostalgia. We can make a house a home, but the essence of home doesn’t require the support of four walls. At any moment, no matter where we are, that at – home feeling can sweep over us. The lingering aroma of a slow roasting turkey, the gentle caress of a wrinkled hand, a baby’s coos – our senses can spark the feeling of home, butt no single word in the English language can adequately capture the depth of its meaning.

What Does It Mean To Live In The World But Not Of The World?

During His final days of ministry on earth, Jesus was confronted with the question of home. The same world He had spoken into existence now screamed against Him. The vey people He had chosen to call His own chose to disown Him, Jesus stood before Pilate and declared, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36)

With that powerful proclamation, Jesus turned the world upside down. Since the beginning of His ministry, Jesus had tried to convey to His followers that the time had come – that time which had been foretold by the prophets – the time when God’s children no longer needed to search for refuge in a sin-laden land that was not their own. The King had come. And with Him came the keys to an everlasting Kingdom they could now call home.

Christ’s Kingdom is the homeland for believers – it’s where we belong. In Him and with Him. We may physically reside on planet earth, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

What Does The Bible Say About ‘In The World But Not Of The World’?

As citizens of Heaven, our view of this temporal world matters. What we think and believe about this foreign land helps us find our proper place in it,