You might have heard it said: ‘A Christian is to be in the world, but not of the world’; or ‘The church is like a boat – the boat is to be in the water, not water in the boat.’
At times it can be tricky engaging with the world without compromising the gospel, or yourself being compromised. It is easy to be shaped by the attitudes, values, and beliefs of our world rather than by God. This has long been a challenge for the church; we owe much of the Bible to this struggle.
In Ephesians 5:8–14, the Apostle Paul says Christians ‘now are light in the Lord.’ Though we live in a ‘dark’ world, we are to ‘live as children of light’.
A Christian has waken from the dead and dark, and so now is to live as light. Living as light exposes the darkness, and may even bring it to light itself.
So in a strange twist, we are most useful to our world when we are most different to her. Living as light is the most loving thing we can do. Let’s engage with God through his Word so we reflect his light, for the glory of God and the best hope of our dying world.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.