Day 5 – June 3
The World Changer Workshops will inspire people to accept the challenge, gain knowledge, and be able to apply techniques to improve their church communities.
John 17:14-16 ESV
“14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want." Anna Lappe, American writer and activist
What movies have you watched recently? What are your favorite TV shows? What books have you read and discussed with friends? Would you be comfortable sharing your viewings with church friends? Or are they the ones who bring up the subjects? The choices we make on a daily basis determine how much we conform to the world. Just like most of us try to be conscious of what calories we put into our bodies, we need to be aware of how much popular culture we consume and how it affects our witness for Christ.
So the question for us is: "How can believers be in the world, but not of the world?"
When we read of the "world" in the New Testament, we are reading the Greek word cosmos. Cosmos most often refers to the inhabited earth and the people who live on the earth, which functions apart from God. Satan is the ruler of this "cosmos" (John 12:31; 16:11; 1 John 5:19). By the simple definition that the word world refers to a world system ruled by Satan, we can more readily appreciate Christ's claims that believers are no longer of the world – we are no longer ruled by sin, nor are we bound by the principles of the world. In addition, we are being changed into the image of Christ, causing our interest in the things of the world to become less and less as we mature in Christ.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, as believers in you, please teach us how to be set apart from this world, living holy and righteous lives. Show us how to live in this sin-corrupted world, but be able to keep sinful temptation away from us. Focus our minds on the Biblical truths so we are the light of the world. Help us to live in such a way that those outside the faith see our good deeds and our manner and know that there is something “different” about us that they desire. Enable us to focus on serving you to become “World Changers” in our daily lives. Thank you, Jesus for hearing our prayer to be a vital part of this world as we view it through your eyes. Amen