A question you may be asking yourself is “How do you remain in the world but not of the world?” And it’s a fair question.
To first understand what scripture is saying to us, we need to understand the true definitions of two miniscule words we use every day without even thinking of their meaning or inclination. The Webster’s Dictionary defines “in” as a preposition “used to indicate location or position within something.” The same dictionary defines “of’ as “belonging to, relating to, or connected with (someone or something); used to indicate that someone or something belongs to a group of people or things.”
That being said, we, as Christians, are to live in the world (because it is our location) but are not to live how the nonbelievers live. We are to set ourselves apart because we belong to God and should act accordingly. We need to let Christ speak when we open our mouths and when allow Him to use our hands and feet and bodies to carry out His good and perfect will.
Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Because of Adam & Eve’s sin, man was cursed and we all now are born with evil inside of us. Because of this, we have to cast our old selves away and fight against our flesh every day to strive to be Christ-like.
Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—”
I’ve been quoting this verse below a lot on here lately, but it is just so pertinent to every topic. It states the rules for holy living.
Colossians 3:1-17 says “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.“
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”