Saturday, July 5, 2008

John 15:19

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”


“If you were of (ek: from, out of) the world (kosmos: world governement, order), the world would love (phileo: approve of; like; treat affectionately or kindly, welcome, befriend) its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose (eklegomai: to pick out) you out of the world, therefore (touto: because of, for this cause) the world hates (miseo: pursues with hatred, detests) you.”


If I were still living according to the order of this carnal world, I would be approved of and befriended by it. Because God picked me up out of this world, it pursues me in anger and detests me.


Am I living a life worthy of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for me? Am I ruffling feathers and going against the grain? Do I find myself being agreed with by nearly everyone that I come in contact with or am I pursued and detested by the world? If I’m the man of the hour here on earth, then, according to this Scripture, I am still of the carnal world. Stand up and stand out today! Proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ without wavering!


Anonymous said...

thanks Joel. Reminds me to never get so comfortable that I "fit in" to the crowd, even the crowd of believers in Jesus. If I see there is no longer any challenge to what I say, I'd better check and see if I am courting the world.

Anonymous said...

the time is so short..I'd better be different..and make a difference...if not I WILL answer for that.

thanks for your constant challenges and heart for God's Truth Joel.