In it but not of it
I Corinthians 15:33
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
We are constantly being told how bad the world is, and make no mistake about it, it is bad. However, we are told by Jesus not to fear because he has overcome the world. John 16:33 \"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.\"
Now comes a point where we are told we must reach this world for Christ. Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” How do we best accomplish this and not become part of the evil that the world has become.

Philippians 3:8-14
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
1. We must realize that without Christ we are nothing. We cannot attain even a sense of eternal security by ourselves. True righteousness comes from God.
2. We must intimately know the power of His death, burial and resurrection.
3. Our lives must reflect Jesus’ true love for a world who seems to be in a constant state of rejection.
4. Even, when we are around “bad company” it is THEY, who are influenced by us and not the other way around.
5. It is a daily struggle with an ultimate goal of winning the prize God has called us toward.
God Bless You,
Pastor Ron
2015-02-16 17:50:20