I’m sure you’re heard the expression, “in but not of the world.” Does verse mean that, as some movements throughout history have done, we have to move away from all civilization into remote areas as a way to separate ourselves from those things we consider sinful?
When we think someone is sinning, we often feel compelled to comment. We can change them. We can help them. They just don’t fully realize the extent of their actions. They haven’t tried hard enough to change their stripes. They haven’t asked the right questions to get help. They haven’t read the right books to understand their own waywardness.
God never leaves us the same. He never leaves us broken. He never leaves us enslaved. He never leaves us addicted. And while he doesn’t always deliver overnight, the promise of salvation is not only a new life in heaven but a new life here. A life that is characterized by radical love and other-centeredness.
Change is hard. When Jesus calls us, he bids us to die. That’s no fun! There is a high cost for excellence. It costs people their power, control, familiarity and predictability.