Sometimes we might feel it would be nice to just wall ourselves in away from the world. Certainly we would be spared some of the challenges we face living amongst people who don’t always acknowledge God’s standard for living. However, if we isolated ourselves from the world how could we ever expect to influence it in positive ways. Remember, we have been called to be salt and light in this world. (Matthew 5:13-16)
Someone has stated, “One cannot be isolated from sin, but he can become insulated against it.” [source: “1600 Squibs And Quips”, compiled by E. C. McKenzie]
Writing to the church at Corinth Paul stated. . .
“(9) I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — (10) not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10 ESV)
Paul went on to point to the need to deal with such within the church, but that God would judge those without. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13) While we go about our day to day lives in this world there are all sorts of people with whom we come into contact. It is unavoidable. Our aim ought to be to influence them toward the truth of God while we guard ourselves from being influenced by them.
Remember when Jesus prayed for His disciples, He knew full well the challenges they would face. However, He did not pray that they would be taken out of the world, but that they would be protected from the evil one. (John 17:15)
Just like there is no keeping the cold weather from coming and therefore pipes and structures are insulated to ward off its effects, so it is with our lives in a world where much may be weathered. Sin is all around us because of those who refuse to acknowledge God and His standard. Nevertheless, we can insulate ourselves from sin’s effects as we look to God for the strengthening and the guidance from the truth He has provided.
Note the encouraging provision mentioned by Peter where we read. . .
“(3) His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, (4) by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)
Peter then went on to list some keys to insulating our life: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. (2 Peter 1:5-7) These attributes are key to guarding and maintaining our effectiveness and fruitfulness to God’s glory. May we continue to seek to grow in them so that our life will be adequately protected from the elements of the world!
Have a great day INFLUENCING OTHERS TOWARD GODLINESS!