The earthly life takes us to so many different places in this world because we still live in the physical body and also have to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the earth life. The apostle Paul knew well that continuing to live daily upon this earth and as a Christian meant there were certain responsibilities to fulfill (Philippians 1:22). For example most children and young people go to a school where there are children or young people that have far different values than a Christian in order to receive a formal education. Children and young people, and even some adults participate in activities such as sports, theater, music, etc., where there is very little Christian influence. Christian adults have to work in order to fulfill God’s will and provide what the family needs (Genesis 3:17, 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13, 1 Thessalonians 2:9) and this often means working among people that continually think on evil. As Christians we interact with our neighbors, relatives, coworkers, etc., who are not Christians and even at times resent the fact a Christian is present. The life of a Christian is that of fulfilling our duties in the earthly life and continually remembering that the Christian’s life is a spiritual life (Romans 6:3-7). So then the question then becomes, where are you as a Christian comfortable?
For the true Christian we must be able to live in the world trying to have peace with others (Romans 12:18) and leaving the example of Christ to it (Matthew 5:16). However sometimes it is very difficult because the values of the people of the world are not equal to what God wants, but it is an earthly responsibility that we have. Do you feel comfortable when people talk crude or treat others in an unfair way? Do you feel comfortable when people talk about what they going to do Saturday night or what did last Friday when it involves immorality and the use of alcohol? Sometimes we have to spend quite a bit of time among those of this mentality and when we have the opportunity to escape, to be spiritually edified we still do not take advantage of it.
If you are not comfortable when you are in this situation then why not take advantage of the opportunities to spend more time in a healthy environment among your brothers in Christ? The Word of God says “seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). It is true that we can and should be good examples to the people in the world and through our spiritual influence we help them to think about spiritual things and to live better, but also the Christian should desire to be among his brothers in Christ to enjoy the Spiritual environment. Occasions when you can sing hymns (Colossians 3:16), pray to God (1 Thessalonians 5:17), study the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:2), and be spiritually encouraged to continue on the path that leads to heaven. Let us continue to take advantage of spiritual opportunities that God has provided for us.
by Wayne Brewer