Balancing Being In The World, But Not Of The World
By Brian A. Yeager
A. The Scriptures teach us not to conform to this world (Romans 12:1-2).
1. The same word translated as “conform” in Romans 12:2 appears in I Peter 1:14 and is translated “fashioning” (Strong’s # 4964).
2. The point is, the world is not our standard (Psalms 37:30-31 and I John 2:3-6).
B. Yet, we also learn that we should not stand out too much (I Corinthians 9:19-23).
1. Can you be mindful, respectful to others (Philippians 2:3-8)?
2. Is your life more loudly about you or Christ (Galatians 6:14 and Philippians 1:27)?
3. Are you observant, or do you even care, of what others see and hear in you? It does matter (Philippians 2:14-16)!
II. Body: Living Peacefully In This World, Without Be Worldly (Romans 12:17-13:14).
A. Be in, but not OF the world (John 17:1-17).
1. You cannot escape being amongst the world (I Corinthians 5:9-10).
2. But being among and “with” are not the same things (I Peter 4:1-5).
3. To be at peace with all, we have to learn to be kind, gentle, do good, etc. (Colossians 3:12) without being overly friendly with the world and the works therein (James 4:4).
B. How to be friendly without being too friendly is properly accomplished by being goal oriented (I Corinthians 10:23-33).
1. Are your goals in how you “fit in” spiritually or carnally motivated (I Peter 2:9-11)?
2. At the end of every question, as to why you are acting a certain way towards someone, you must ask if your actions will help or hurt you or them spiritually (II Corinthians 6:1-10).
C. For some applications, consider how some “American Traditions” are also Scriptural truths and how they help us to live peaceably in this world without being caught up in this world:
1. Respect your elders (I Timothy 5:1-2).
2. Honor government officials, laws (I Peter 2:13-17).
3. Be neighborly (already addressed in Romans 13:8-10).
D. On the other hand, some “America Culture” that are growingly popular are Scripturally wrong and will certainly NOT allow you to live peaceably with all men that they might be saved:
1. This new right of “self-expression”; feel free to be discontent and rebel (i.e. knelling during the National Anthem, protesting, wearing offensive expressive clothing, etc.) is popular, but unscriptural for MANY reasons (Proverbs 17:11, Proverbs 17:19, Proverbs 20:3, James 3:16, etc.).
2. The “speak your mind” culture (unless it’s the truth; the Lord’s mind), share your opinion without a pause button, is ALL WRONG (James 1:19; 26).
3. The “be you”, “you’re fine just the way you are”, “stay true to you” way of thinking is all wrong (Acts 26:20 and II Corinthians 5:14-17).
4. The all excuse making, you can’t control it, no constructive criticism, positive mental attitude, failure is success, sin is normal, all are sinners, garbage is entirely sinful (Proverbs 28:13, Ecclesiastes 7:5, II Timothy 4:2, etc.).
III. Conclusion: Honestly Ponder Thy Path And The Motives Behind Your Steps (Proverbs 4:1-27).
© 2018 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager