On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus prayed to his Father in John 17:14-18
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. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
When we take a journey of much distance, there are always places we pass through, or over, on our way. They’re the small towns we pass right by as we speed down the interstate. They’re the landscapes we fly over as we pass time on a long flight. We take little to no note of them, because these places have no real significance to us (at least at the time). Our focus lies on our final destination. Our hearts are set on that which lies ahead.
Sadly, some Christians approach life in this world in a similar way. We see our life on this planet as a mere stop on the way to Heaven. We do what we can do to find happiness, but we feel no real need to seriously invest in this place or the people who surround us. Logically speaking, this approach makes sense … if we are indeed aliens, right?
Well, yes. And no.
I’m not going to venture into a discussion about how Heaven will come to Earth. But I do want to make one thing abundantly clear as we wrap up this conversation about what it means to be an alien in this world.
We’ve been sent by Jesus into this world. And we’ve been sent for a purpose. We’re called to be Love in this place, to be His hands and feet, and to usher in His Kingdom. Jesus didn’t ask His Father to take us out of this world. He asked His Father, instead, to keep us from the evil one and sanctify us in truth.
In and not of it. It’s truly what we’re called to be as followers of Jesus. But as we seek to receive more and more of our identity from Christ, we must keep two things in mind: as we live our lives in this world, we must remember we’re not of it. But in remembering that we’re not of it, we can’t forget that we’re in it for an indescribably important purpose.
Your life is the one you alone can live. If you’re feeling like an alien today, it might be because you are one. But you’re not here by accident. You’re here on a mission, friend.
Do you know how loved you are by our Father? Do you believe your life is purposeful? Ask Him to help you see yourself with a bit more of His perspective today.
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