Mar 06, 2017 by Will Maule

God Is Calling Us To Be Set Apart From The Ways Of The World

As Christians, we are called to be distinguished. We are called to be different. Of course, there is an unrelenting temptation to go along with the ways of the world. But then, what use are we to the bringing of the Kingdom of God? 

"The New Testament says Christians have been called out of the world to be, as the King James Version says, “a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9) — we are the “people possessed” by God in this world. Our lives should stick out, shining brightly in the darkness. The world needs us to be different," writes Matt Damico at Desiring God. 

"But still, we are forgetful people. We sometimes feel “at home” in the world, and end up compromising our witness as a result." We must pray for an increase in boldness so that we might be 'salt and light' on this Earth. And we must endeavour to be filled and empowered by the spirit as we do so. "This is where our church gatherings come in. Once a week, we come together to repeat our corporate practices and remember that we’re strangers in this life, and that we belong to another kingdom. The routines of our churches help, by God’s Spirit, to form us into more faithful citizens of that kingdom," writes Damico. 

"One day, the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and our lives won’t be peculiar anymore. The light of our lives will be swallowed in the radiance of the Son."

"Until then, practice your peculiarity, and let it shine."

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