I think we can all agree that we live in a crazy world. I can’t begin to understand all the complexities and the craziness that surround us everyday. But I do know that Jesus told His disciples to remember that they are IN the world, but they are not OF the world.
Jesus was trying to create a distinct separation between His disciples and this world. He was telling them that it is possible to live in this world without taking on the characteristics and mannerisms of the world.
This is what the Church must understand. Although we live in this world, when we are born-again, we are no longer “citizens” of this world. We are now “citizens” of Heaven. This, of course, is in a spiritual sense.
We must learn to wear this world like a loose garment. We are bodily attached to this world, but spiritually we are to become attached to Heaven, which is God’s eternal kingdom.
The Bible even tells us to set our affections on things that are above, not on things that are of this earth. The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]” (Colossians 3:2).
This earth, although we are embodied here for now, is only temporary. It will soon all pass away. In fact, it will be destroyed. And God will create a new heaven (the space where the clouds reside and the birds roam) and a new earth. This new heaven and this new earth will replace the corrupt space we currently reside in.
But until this time, we must learn to live on this corrupt earth until we can make Heaven our new home.
So how do the just live in an unjust world?
- By much prayer and a determination to live our lives here on earth as though we are only temporary residents here – because we are.
- By not becoming obsessed by the trappings we see here on earth.
- By putting more value in the spiritual gains than in the material possessions we can accumulate on earth.
- By seeking to please God rather than being men-pleasers.
- By placing more value in our spiritual goals than in our earthly goals.
- And by waiting expectantly, with joy in our hearts, for that blessed day when Christ will return to rapture away His Church.
Our ultimate focus should be on our final destination, not on our present, temporary condition. The old saints used to sing a song: Heaven is my goal, each and every day.
Heaven should be our goal. And we should never take our eyes off this goal. Keep moving forward until you finally reach your goal.