Protected

protected“As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” - John 17:18

Earlier, Jesus said to His Father, “My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.”
We don’t escape this world until the day Jesus takes us home. I know life can be harsh and sometimes we desperately want to escape or hide in our church sub-culture.

Think of how King David of ancient Israel felt when he wrote, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest!” (Psalm 55).

If you read the whole Psalm you’ll see that he was hurting and longed to escape this world.

But we can’t. 

In fact, one of the subtle dangers of being a Christian is that we can become isolated, surrounding ourselves with only Christian people. God never intended for us to live in a Christian subculture. Or, to become “rabbit hole” Christians—the kind who merely pop our heads out once in awhile but live in fear underground the rest of the time.

Jesus told us “You are the salt of the earth.”

Salt seasons and preserves. It adds flavor and zest to food, but it also works as a cleansing and preserving agent. Jesus wants to use us in the same way—but we can’t be salty if we stay in the salt shaker!

So He sends us out—not to conform to the world but to challenge the world with Truth. 

And we don’t do that by being critical and judgmental.

We do it by being part of a community and serving others. 

Walk with a neighbor, become a little league coach, smile at the grocery clerks and genuinely thank them when they carry your groceries out. Make friends with your local coffee barista, join the PTA, play softball in a non-Christian league (and demonstrate good sportsmanship!).

Take the time, like Jesus, did, to get to know individual people and their stories.

Be salt, sprinkled everywhere, inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit to show the love of Jesus to the world.

“A Christian is not one who withdraws but one who infiltrates.” —Bill Glass

[Photo: Matt Gruber, CreationSwap]