It is said of born-again believers who follow Christ that “We are in this world, but we are not of this world!” What does that really mean?
True believers know that this world we live in is really not our home, but its only a temporary dwelling place. The scriptures verify that we live in this world as “sojourners and pilgrims.” (I Peter 2:11) The Bible meaning of a sojourner and pilgrim is one who is an alien, or resident foreigner, or stranger. (parepidemos—Greek)
The dictionary defines an alien as, “one belonging to another country or people, or foreigner.” This doesn’t mean that we are a creature from outer space. It means that we have an authentic citizenship in another country. God never intended for this earth to be our home. He intends for us to make heaven our home.
How then does God intend for us to dwell here on earth temporarily? We are called to bring blessing upon this earth that is cursed to darkness and destruction. That blessing comes out of our lives that He has blessed with love, mercy, and forgiveness. Though we ourselves are aliens to this world of darkness, God does not want us to alienate ourselves from touching the lives of those who are leprous with sin and lost in darkness.
We must continue to invite others to join us on our journey from this earth into glory. We are to become beacons on a hill that shines as a light to the world. We are told not to put our light under a basket but to shine before men that they may see the good we do and recognize that it is God working in us.
The light that the man of this world thinks he has is darkness. (Matthew 6:23) Darkness and decay go together. Because there is spiritual darkness, there are many cults and religions, even churches decaying, because of moral darkness. The quality of human life has decayed. The world is in darkness and no one but true Christians can give any knowledge or insight. By presenting ourselves “blameless and innocent children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, we shine as lights in this world.” (Philippians 2:15)
We are not children of the dark. We are alien to the darkness of this world. We have God’s power to live a fruitful life! Our greatest joys are ahead. “An abundant entrance has been provided for us into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:11)