You’re probably familiar with the expression that claims Christians are to be “in” the world but not “of” the world. Although this notion isn’t found directly in Scripture, it’s consistent with Biblical teaching.
John 15:19 tells us:
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.
And John 17:14-16:
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
All Christians know that being “in” the world but not “of” it is easier said than done. And in the above verses we see that Jesus also understood the tension Christians experience living in a world that’s hostile toward the Truth.
New Testament authors acknowledged the tension too, and yet, they continued to push Christians on in their walk of faith (1 John 2:15, 1 Corinthians 5:9-10, Romans 12:2, James 1:27).
While it can be difficult at times to stay true to our mission on earth as God’s children, it’s crucial that we remember that God is on our side and that he provides us with strength for the battle.
We’re not in this alone, and simply put, we can’t succeed on our own!
The Lord has promised to give us what we need to walk through this life victoriously. See Ephesians 3:16 :
Out of his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you the mighty inner strengthening of his Holy Spirit.
Dare to take a strong, uncompromising stand for Christ. And remember, rely on God for the strength you need. He is on your side.