Remember those days on the playground as a kid, you would be running around with friends then someone decided to start a team game (kickball, dodge ball, etc). Now it is time to pick teams. Your best friend is one of the team captains so you are certain you will definitely be picked in the top 3. That didn’t happen! Your friend never picked you. Now you are on the other team. Do you play to keep your friendship or do you play to help your team win? You begin to play to help your team win. The next thing you know, you got your friend out of the game! You feel good but then again, you wonder how does this look to everyone else. One minute I’m a friend, the next I’m a foe. Have you ever wondered how this dilemma looks in your Christian life?
You know you are on Christ’s side. But there’s this one thing you want to do: gossip, lie, cheat, etc. What harm could it do, you tell yourself. It won’t hurt anything, grace abounds right? (Rom. 5:20) You do know Christian’s are called to be the light of the earth and should represent Christ to others. (Matt. 5:14-16) But your selfish sin nature takes over and you appease your flesh. And of course someone is watching you. They approach you about your actions to say “I thought you were a Christian?” and unfortunately, you ask yourself “Who’s side am I really on?”
With most things in life, we have the option to pick multiple things. We always get a 2 for 1 deal somewhere, but to be of the world or not is not part of that deal. (1 John 2:15) Being a friend of God and a friend of the world are polar opposites. James 4:4 says ‘Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.’ Jesus tells the Christian where they stand in John 17:14 “they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” Do your words and actions show if you are a friend or foe?
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