in it, but not of it

I have heard it said many times and read it in the word of God, yet; I still need to know what it really means.  How to be in the world, but not of the world is the question?  So I started my journey to find the answer to the question.  It was a rainy Spring day, sitting on my porch in my favorite chair; the world passed in review.

Somewhere a war or two was raging, hate seems to get stronger everyday, death is working overtime, and no one seems to really care.  Nature is showing her displeasure with mans treatment of her land; fires, storms, vanishing rainforests, animal species are disappearing and seasons can’t remember who they are.

Fall thinks it’s Spring, Winter thinks it’s Summer and time can’t wait on them to transition from one to the other.  The warmth of tears on my cheeks interrupted my thoughts, is this what our world has become?  My heart was breaking, had I been so absorbed in living my life I hadn’t noticed the changes?

The news was so depressing I stopped listening, my listening wouldn’t change anything that was happening anyway.  Is this what it means to be in it, but; not of it? or must I keep searching?  Has your life been impacted by a self reflection?  Have you recognized in yourself how attached to the world you are? How important worldly things are to your everyday activities?

Do you see it as a positive or negative impact? Sometimes life comes at us so fast we don’t give these types of things any consideration.  It’s only when we still ourselves we recognize our dependance on worldly things, do we have them or do they have us? Are we consumed by the delicacies of this world?

The Creator has charged us not to conform to this world, but; be transformed by the renewing of the mind.  To entertain pure thoughts, follow the example of his Son, and walk in obedience to his Holy Spirit.  He has instructed us to delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desires of our hearts.

When the mind is transformed the glitz and glamour of the world loses its attraction, we begin to seek fulfilment from a greater source; our thoughts and actions begin to reflect love, selflessness, sacrifice, and service to others.  we are in harmony with the Creators plan for our lives.

We walk in his truth, delight to do his will, study his word, and share his message with others.  The answer is clear now, when we are in Christ and Christ lives in us; we are in the world, but not of the world.  We are just passing through on our way home.

My revelation as i sit by the pool of grace.


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