This world can be a dark place. Christians are finding it harder and harder to live in a world of hatred and persecution. God could have taken us out of this world instead of leaving us here to endure conflict and pain. But He didn’t. Instead, He chose to leave us here out of His love and desire to see all come to know Him. We are a light in the darkness. We are His ambassadors. We are aliens in this world; we do not belong. However, since we are in this world, we must live as though it is not our home and we are just passing through.
Jesus says in John 17: 15-16, “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.” Just as Jesus did not belong in the world, neither do we. We were created in the image of God and are to live like Christ. The way we live will be starkly different than the way the world lives. Jesus asks God to keep us safe, knowing we would need His love and protection as long as we are living in the world. Romans 12:2 says to not conform ourselves to the world, but to be transformed in the renewing of our minds. So one way to live differently is to be transformed. Renew our minds and allow God to transform us.
Have you allowed God to do a work in your life and transform you to be more like Him? Have you allowed Him to renew your mind so you can live like Christ? Only then can you live as a stranger in this world.