In, Not Of
The set apart. John 15:18-19 says, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."
We are called to share the Gospel of Jesus, to bring forth the truth of our royalty in Christ. Bringing the knowledge of our sonship, inheritance, and IDENTITY as children of God to all the earth. Things change when we understand this, people change, the world changes. We are set apart and sometimes it doesn't "feel" good, more times than not we have to choose the less traveled road. Sometimes we don't see the benefit of doing so, but when you do see it, when you enter into the promise of God that you inherited because of your obedience the cost is MORE THAN WORTH IT.
You are in the world, you get to influence the world for Jesus, you get to be His hands and His feet. BUT! You are not of the world, you have been called to a higher standard of living, you have inherited in the kingdom of Heaven, you are a child of God! This doesn't mean you are better than, it doesn't mean you get to ride on your high horse casting judgments, this means you get the beautiful opportunity to give freely everything you have been given! All the promises of God are yes and amen, your inheritance is not for you to keep selfishly, it is for you to spend extravagantly on the world because that is what Jesus did for you.