By Ryan Kelly –
We are instructed as Christians to be “in the world but not of the world.” God does not want us to isolate ourselves from society, as easy as it could be to do so, but He also does not want us to be so integrated into the world that in unbelievers cannot tell us apart from believers.
The latter is a trap that many believers face themselves in each day.
2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?”
If the average person cannot tell that you are fundamentally different than the world around you because of your faith, there is a problem. Place yourself in the position of someone looking at you, seeing your friends and where you go after work, how you treat your family, what language you use and how often you witness to others about your faith. Does this look like a Christian should?
There is no question that we can all do better. After all, that is sanctification – growing closer to God and being more like Him each day. He will help you to grow closer to Him and grow apart from the world, just turn to Him and let Him work in your life.