A born again child of God has a different mindset. His mind is on God, on Jesus Christ and on what is pleasing to Him. Those who are not born again, who do not know Jesus Christ, they cannot understand nor see the kingdom of God, it does not make sense to them. They are on a different course, they are going a different direction.
If we follow Jesus Christ we have to SEPARATE ourselves
from the world. We have to run that race, following Jesus every day, we have to run that race with endurance and stay focused on Jesus or else we will be distracted and we will not make it into the kingdom of heaven.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
“I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
“AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
And I will welcome you.
18“And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.”
If we follow Jesus Christ we have no business with the things of the world. We do not watch TV with the rest of the world. We do not play video games. We are not competing in the same race. We are not interested in the same things. those things will distract us, they will take our minds off Jesus Christ and we will become like the rest of of the world.
The apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
We have to SEPARATE ourselves unto God and not go along with the rest of the world. If we go along with the rest of the world then we expose ourselves to those influences and we lose the reality of Jesus Christ. We become like them who are perishing.
We read in 1 Peter 4:1 “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,”
Believers do not stop sinning because they go along with the world, they are not willing to stop sinning. They are not willing to SUFFER rejection. They are not willing to suffer for following Jesus Christ. they rather go along in the same lasciviousness, unbridled lust, going after the things of the world and they are carried away by their desires. They go along with the world and they sin and they will perish.
Peter writes in verse 2 “so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. 4In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; 5but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
If we follow Jesus Christ we have Christ on out mind. We have the kingdom of God on our mind and we are seeking the will of God.We seek to be pleasing to Jesus Christ. Our treasure, that which we accumulate in our mind, in our heart, is to do the will of God, to hear the voice of our Master, to LISTEN to Him, to OBEY Him and to FOLLOW Him. We have no conversation with the world. We are not interested in the same things because that which they talk about will perish. Our interest is in the kingdom of God and therefor we do not keep company with those who do not follow Jesus Christ.
I read the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:35 “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36″But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37″For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
We have no conversation with the world, our treasure, that which is in our heart, that must be Jesus Christ. People talk about many things, they talk about themselves, they talk about their church, about their religion, they talk about their ambitions, the things that they occupy themselves with. They talk about TV programs, about video games, about their sports, that is their TREASURE. That is what is in their heart. If we follow Jesus Christ then we talk about Jesus Christ, that is our conversation and those who are not interested in Jesus will avoid us. They will stay away from us because we have to be careful what we talk about. We will be judged for every idle word. we have to speak the words of God. We have to be LIGHT in this world. If we are not LIGHT then we are darkness, then we are like the rest of the world and we will perish.
We have to be SEPARATE unto God. Our mind must be on Jesus Christ. He must fill us and from our mouth must flow the words of Christ, or else we are not of the kingdom of God. We have to be SEPARATE, we have to be LIKE Jesus.
May Jesus bless you.