Christians are to live a life of Separation from the World

Jesus said, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you (John 15:19). 

Biblically, separation from the world means Christians must separate ourselves from evil, from worldliness, and from being involved in sinful activities. Jesus separates us from the world because He knows what is best for us.

From what are we to separate ourselves? Sinful companions. If we participate with people engaged in immoral (worldly) activities, our witness for Christ is baseless. There is a difference between witnessing to the unsaved and participating with them in ungodly and unbiblical activities. Share the gospel with them, but don’t do as they do or condone it.

Christians are to separate themselves from sinful occupations. If your employment causes you to sin, it’s time to find a new job. Years ago, I had a church member tell me that his job required him to take clients to a strip club. He stopped by my office one day and asked for my advice on the subject. I asked him what his thoughts were about what he was doing. He said that he felt like what he was doing for his company was a sin and that his wife did not like him doing it. I told him that he already knew the answer. He nodded and left my office. Unfortunately, the big paycheck meant more to him than following Jesus and His word. In the end, he lost his wife and family because he began spending more time at the strip club and with the strippers than he did at home. He refused to separate himself from worldliness, and it cost him.

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. For 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. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:15-16).

The apostle Paul before his conversion, was a Pharisee of Pharisees, a strict legalist,  and persecuting Christians. He served God with his lips, but his heart was far from God. After he met Jesus on the Damascus road, he spent time with different people, with those who could instruct him concerning Jesus.

After living it up in the world, the prodigal son wised up. He looked over at the pig he was eating slop with and decided to go back home to his father to be a slave. His decision meant he had to separate himself from his worldly lifestyle. Seeing his son return home, his father rejoiced and restored his son. That’s how it is with God when we decide to separate (repent) from sinful living and enter the family of God. We offer ourselves as slaves, God restores us and calls us His children.

Jesus lived a perfect life, separate from worldliness and sin. He faced temptation just as we do, but He did not sin.

 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

If we want to be like Jesus, we must bear the mark of separation from the world and its ways within our bodies. Jesus was in the world, but not of the world. We must live the same way. Our influence on others depends on it. If we are still living like the world, our impact on the people we meet will be ineffective. If people do not call you a Christian, then maybe your lifestyle is more worldly than Christlike and biblical.