14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Psalm 26:14-17
The Word is clear that as Christians we are to separate from unbelievers. Certainly we live in the world but we are not of this world and surely it doesn’t suggest that we not associate with unbelievers or isolate ourselves from anyone who believes as we do. But it is implying that our lives are to be different. We must recognize that we are not to have allegiance to unbelievers to the point that we compromise what the Word of God says.
The lives of Christians cannot mirror the lives of unbelievers. If we allow the Spirit of God to guide and direct our lives, then our talk must be different, our actions must be different and the way we live our lives must be different. Can people identify you as a Child of God – different – or do you act like everyone else? The Children of Israel were called out among all the other nations so that they could worship God and prove His grace and mercy upon mankind. They failed many times at that task by worshipping idols, intermarriage, and many other infractions the Lord commanded them to sway away from. How are we at that same task? Are we worshipping the Lord with all of our hearts, all of our minds and our souls and displaying God’s mercy and grace in our lives? Are we quenching the thirst of others around us and causing them to desire Jesus?
We were created to worship Him and in order to do that effectively we must come out from among them and be the salt of the earth we were designed to be.
Do you stand out in the world around you or do you fit in?
c/Candie A. Price