Where is Your Place in the World (2)

If you were to solicit the advice of our civic leaders in this city, they might perceive your place in the world to be participation in our schools’ PTO, good citizenship, volunteering in service projects, or involvement in a Neighborhood Watch program. They might even mention joining a local church.

In John 17:14,15, Jesus wants our place in the world to be distinct, different, and separate. That does not mean isolating yourself from being seen or heard in the world. God did not mean “you need to go out of the world” (1 Corinthians 5:10). Romans 12:2 describes it best: “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Our place in this part of the world should be spiritual and acceptable to God. It can be done. It has been done. The world needs it done, especially in Somerset, Kentucky.

Some people believe they are already different, separate, and distinct. You might be from a particular segment of the population, but you may not really be as distinct as you think. Those who are transformed and not conformed to the world are moved by conviction of the Bible, not the tides of cultural change. They are faithful, holy people, not convenient people. They are respectful of God always, not just because their friends are. They prove what is right by Scripture rather than condoning what is wrong. Do the people in this small part of the world know who you are? Are you defined as the one who proves by your belief, attitude, word, and conduct what is the good acceptable, and perfect will of God?