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Monday, January 25, 2016

In but Not of the World

In what ways are you to be “in the world,” but not “of the world” in your worship of God? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 288). 

Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

"We must accommodate changing times but cling to unchanging principles." (Miss Julia Coleman: Jimmy Carter quotes his favorite teacher. Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, page 25).

Do not decide for certain in advance how God will choose that you serve him – leave that up to God. Rather than formulating a neat checklist of do’s and don’ts, focus instead on doing the Lord’s will in whatever circumstances he chooses to enmesh you.  To do any less is to worship Self above God. Do not compromise with the world even when the world turns out to be your own sanctimonious will. We should be no less flexible than the ends our Creator requires.

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