The verse, ‘ … you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.’ John 15:19; which is the subject of today’s study, could be a difficult one if taken out of context, in that it may lead some to separate themselves physically from the world instead of becoming a beacon to guide others to Jesus. What do you think of this issue?
I agree with Selwyn that non-Christians can’t understand when they hear us say that we do not belong to the world. Yet, we should remind ourselves that the world, in general, does not understand us because they don’t understand Jesus and His love for them.
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus, which ends with the sentence: ‘… if they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone were to rise from death.’ (to tell them of the possible consequences of their actions or in-activity).
Sadly, such is the hardness of their hearts and minds that they don’t hear Jesus’ call to followÂ Him.