A Marked Distinction
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. John 17:15.
Christians are to stand out distinct from the world as God’s standard bearers, showing in their lives the influence of the transforming grace of Christ. They are raised up together to sit with Christ in heavenly places that they may reveal to the world, to angels, and to men an enduring representation of the eternal world. They are to hold forth the Word of life, warning men of the binding claims of God’s law. God wants His servants to be of a high order. He wants them to obey laws of a higher order than the laws of the world–laws which are the transcript of His character.
God’s work is supreme. He calls for all the powers of the intellect, all the spiritual endowments. They are to be consecrated to Him and to the service of humanity. He calls for workers who are partakers of the divine nature. Those who really believe in Jesus will be colaborers with Him, showing to the unfallen worlds and to the fallen world a character which is after the divine similitude. They are to show that they have a higher, holier order of enjoyment than the world can bestow. God will bestow the power of the Holy Spirit upon all who will cooperate with Him in the cultivation of all their endowments and talents, that they may stand on vantage ground. . . .
Christ’s followers are to seek to improve the moral tone of the world, under the influence of the impartation of the Spirit of God. They are not to come down to the world’s level, thinking that by doing this they will uplift it. In words, in dress, in spirit, in everything, there is to be a marked distinction between Christians and worldlings. This distinction has a convincing influence upon worldlings. They see that the sons and daughters of the Lord do separate themselves from the world, and that the Lord binds them up with Himself. . . . “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power” (1 Corinthians 6:14). Who is willing to be raised to the highest level?
That I May Know Him p. 305
Please pray for me again .i passed the job interview now the issue remained on the Sabbath issue i told the manager the about the issue of the Sabbath but he was not disputing and promised to take the issue to the directors of the company. Nandy
When I was in grade school, the other children teased me about my weight. I was not the only overweight child but I didn’t know how to deal with teasing since I was raised in a household that never teased. It seemed whenever I did make a friend, they moved away or I did. One friend gave me two beautiful marbles as a remembrance, another gave me a crepe paper rose they had made which I kept for many, many years.
Just so, our Blessed Redeemer given us His Holy Word that we may know how much He loves us and what He has done for us. He greatly desires for us to hide His Word in our hearts that we may live with Him when He comes to gather His elect. (Os 119:9-11; John 14:1-3; Matt 24:31) Peter assures us, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:21 God moved upon the men, who were filled with love for Him, to write His message of love and restoration to a perishing world. On every page, from Genesis to Revelation, we find the way of salvation. The stories of the lives of those who lived so long ago, “were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Rom 15:4 Their sins and their victories were “written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor 10:11 Yet, how seldom we value it as we should choosing rather to spend our time in front of the TV or doing our own pleasure.
The great prophets of old wrote what God revealed to them about the future that we may be prepared for what is coming on the world as an overwhelming surprise. Propecies were given that take us to the very end of time and beyond. Our Powerful King has shown us the future, so we will not be left unprepared. He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 So He has not left us in darkness. He has given us great light.
May we treasure His Love Letter to us that we may be ready for the coming of the Son of God is my prayer.