We are here in this sphere of life— this world but we are not of this world. “How realistic is this possible?” We are often prompted to ask.
We mean, how feasible is it for us not to have a resemblance— affiliation with where we live, those we almost can’t do without contacting, the waves that hits our eyes, ears and minds. How? The question.
First, we have to understand our true selves in Christ.
The reason why many Christians (of which myself was among in times back) keep getting defeated by every swerve of the enemy is because they have not come to understand who they really are in Christ.
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelations 5:10
Kings and priests has God made you and as such, you have to portray qualities of kings and priests.
As a king, you have authority— one privilege which so many Christians are unaware of. Jesus has given you “power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
As a priest, you have the right to commune with God personally. You have special rights.
You don’t just assume the positions of a king and priest; you are a king and a priest!
Meanwhile, to maintain these critical positions in Christ, you have to do what you ought to, consistently. The same way a king cannot go to just anywhere is the same way you cannot go anywhere. The same way a priest cannot allow just anybody into his shrine is the same way you cannot allow just anything into your soul.
You have to understand that you are Christ’s. Therefore, you are “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
You have to understand that, you are “crucified with Christ…and the life which you now live in the flesh you live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved you, and gave himself for you. (Galatians 2:20 paraphrased)
You have to understand that, Christ “hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6)
You have to understand these.
Be not unequally yoked.
Of course, the fact remains: we would have to contact with the themes of this world despite the fact that, we are God’s beloved. Yes, but we must not be unequally yoked with them.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?…And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2nd Corinthians 6:14-16
In one little way or the other, we would have to associate with those who aren’t Christians, trends that don’t glorify God, hear songs that gratify the desires of the flesh. Contacting these things aren’t inevitable but, we must constantly submit our will to the constrains of the Spirit so that we don’t get on yoked with them.
You wonder the reason why I am emphasising on this subject of affiliations. It’s because, the influence it has over our lives is great enough to either make or mar. But, God has bestowed so much love upon us (our satisfaction in Him) and, in return, His name must be glorified— our affiliations determine that to a large extent.
Therefore, be wary of your affiliations.