John 17; 2 Chronicles 25; Psalm 82
The world that most of us grew up in has changed and continues to change. At one time, professing faith in Christ gave people certain advantages in business. The word to businessmen as they moved to new towns was that they should join a church because it would help them get ahead. Not only are those days gone in this world in which we live, we are moving towards the point where joining a church will be neutral in society, and soon, perhaps, a negative.
There is a difference between professing faith in Christ for convenience and having a true commitment to Jesus. People watch as these profess-ors drop out of the church and wring their hands talking about the death of the church. Have no doubt about: when those who have joined the church without having a commitment to Jesus Christ drop out – it makes the church stronger.
Yes, we will have different difficulties to overcome. Jesus knew that. He prayed for His disciples as they faced the world. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:15-16) It would be easy to withdraw from our changing world but God calls us to go to the world to minister and share the gospel. Jesus prayed not for isolation, but for protection in the midst of a hostile world. While our society isn’t hostile to the gospel yet, it seems to be heading that way. Jesus, knowing of the world’s hostility sent His disciples into the world to make a difference in His name.
Lord, send me into this world that seems to drift farther and farther from You. Protect me from the evil one and help me to show Your love and grace to people in need.