In the World But Not of the World

Lately, the phrase “in the world but not of the world” has taken on a whole new meaning. I have recently decided to spend more time this year out reaching the unchurched rather than spending all my time in the church. In the past, I’d been involved with all sorts of ministries- from nursery to Sunday school teaching to small group leading to piano playing- I’ve done it all. And I’m sure if you’ve been a believer for over a decade and a half as well, you’ve done it all too.

However, this year I have made it my goal to step out my my ministry comfort zone and reach out to the lost. The unchurched. The one’s who haven’t yet been invited.

I started by doing visitation weekly at my church. This was a great starting point to get acclimated with sharing the gospel on a regular basis. After a few months of visitation, I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to go a step further.

So I’ve joined a book club. And my husband joined Ju Jitsu. And let me tell you, once you intentionally put yourself out into the world to reach the lost, being in the world but not of the world takes on a whole new meaning. Especially when you’re an adult, and so many things are seen as okay. Everyone has different view points, different morals, different beliefs.

So I say all this because I want to challenge you guys to go out there and reach the lost. Put yourself out of your comfort zone. Experience this terrifying sensation of being in the world but not of the world.

What are you interested in? What club, activity, or organization can you join with the intention of reaching out to those you meet? Strive to be intentional and invest your time. Make new friends- for you may very well be the only believer they have in their life. Invite them to church. Let them know you care for them. Be their friend. In order to change the world, it takes reaching one person at a time.

Spend less time marching and more time personally investing into others.

And while doing so, stay grounded in the Truth. Don’t let the world drag you down with them. Stay strong- and hold tight to what you know is True. And in time, they will see it too. And whether they choose to believe or not isn’t up to us. We just need to faithfully do our part.

What verses come to mind as you strive to be in the world but not of the world?

8 thoughts on “In the World But Not of the World

  1. Amen. It can be hard especially as a kid when others can be so judgemental to stand strong in our faith and to put out there our beliefs when they are controversial to the worlds. Thanks for the encouragement! I always think of Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
    Another one I love is Ester 4:14 which I found recently, “Perhaps you were born for such a time as this.”

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    1. Those verses are so fitting! I especially LOVE that verse in Esther! It’s such great encouragement that God has called us to be where we are (even when it’s difficult)! He always has a purpose. It’s rare to find girls who stand firm in the faith even when they are young- it’s encouraging to to see that you are striving to do so!

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  2. I am learning the importance of stepping out of my comfort through my experiences of college. I don’t typically see myself as a leader, but have stepped into leadership positions. Now I will be stepping out again next year when I will make the move from dorms to the suites. One quote comes to mind that when I think about the courage that takes to step out of my comfort zone. Being the musical fanatic I am, the quote comes from the musical, Newsies, and the lyric from “Seize the Day” is “Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear”

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