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Goodbye World: God calls you to convert, not to conform

Article By Alena Dupré // EEW Magazine Spiritual

Share Too many people in the body of Christ have gotten friendly with the world. They have adopted the language, customs and attitudes that are surely not of God.

But God did not call us to walk arm-in-arm with those who don’t obey His commands. We cannot convert sinners if we conform to them.

At some point, you've got to chuck the deuces and say goodbye to the world if you want to be an effective believ.er Here are some key verses to help you understand exactly how Christians are to relate the lost.

Galatians 1:10 (NIV)- “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

We are servants of the Most High God and carrying out His will should be the focus of our lives. If we are concerned with watering down His Word so that others feel comfortable, or making sure our lives don’t scream Jesus-freak too loudly so as not to offend, our hearts and minds are not in the right place.

John 15:19 (ESV)- “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

Being chosen by God is not compatible with being loved by those with wayward minds that have rejected the truth of the gospel. When you belong to the Lord, the world will not accept you the way it does those who belong to sin. Expect rejection.

James 4:4 (NIV)- “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world mean enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

The moment you get too comfortable and cozy with the ways of the world, you are no longer a friend of God. You cannot be the friend of He who hates sin while consciously and constantly living in (or condoning) sin.

1 John 2:15 (NKJV)- “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

You can’t have the best of both worlds; you must choose one. You cannot be spiritually and carnally minded. Pleasing God requires abandoning the things that are against Him and proclaiming the truth of His word. It is impossible to be both for and against Him. Which side are you on?

Romans 12:2 (NIV)- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

When Christ is in your heart, you will not think or act the way those of the world do. You will see things in a different light—that is, the light of Christ (John 8:12). Those who are yet walking in darkness cannot relate to your viewpoint. Be careful not to be condescending. You are no better than the sinner. You are, however, different.

We are set apart from the world because we are not of the world. We are not followers of the prince of the power of the air; we are followers of the one, true King.

So make your Father proud, by being all He has called you to be rather than what the world wants you to be.  When you allow the light of Christ to shine through you, those who are in darkness will gravitate toward that light and be saved.

After all, that is why the power of God dwells in us: to save the lost.

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