No Place For A Christian
Submitted by Frank Williams
February 12, 2024
1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Below is a story told by F. Fothergill in the book, A Doctor In Many Countries.
A certain titled British gentleman was converted to Christianity. He loved the Lord a great deal, but he was not taught well in the Scriptures. He thought that he could continue in some of his worldly engagements and still bear a good testimony.
On an occasion some weeks after he gave his heart to the Lord, this man accepted an invitation to a very worldly party. Upon his arrival, one of the guests greeted him with these words, “I’m so glad to see you and to know that it isn’t true.”
“I beg your pardon,” he replied, “but, I think I don’t quite understand you.”
“Why,” said the other guest, “rumors were around that you had been converted a few weeks ago. I’m so glad you’re here and to know that the rumor was unfounded.”
“But, it is true!” the dumfounded man sputtered. Hesitating a moment, he added, “I see that you think this party is no place for a Christian to be, and you are right. You will never again see me at such an affair, nor will anyone else.” Bidding his host and hostess adieu, he departed from his last world’s engagement.
The world needs more Christians who really live for Lord. Ones who live out what they profess. Ones who are footsoldiers in life, on the job, at home, in the marketplace, etc. So many act the Christian role at church or when they are around other believers, but prove the next day that it is just a show.
We are not called to imitate the world. The world is naturally corrupt. We should not be surprised at its corruption, nor should we expect it to be any different than it is. This world is not our home, and we should expect opposition from it because it is opposed to Christ.
We are not the alternative but the original. We are not the temporary but the permanent. We are not the victims, but we should choose to take control of ourselves—by not reacting in a fleshly manner, by not staying in ungodly situations, and by making necessary changes when we realize we are heading down the wrong path.
We can demonstrate—by God's grace & power—what a true Christian is.
Consider: If the possession is real, so will the profession be real.
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