November 18, 2020

Shawn Stoever
"I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world."
John 17:14-18

There’s a really good point right there, we are not of this world but we are sent into it. That is our challenge as believers. Instead of praying ourselves out of our surroundings, God wants us to be in the world because it’s the only way light has a chance to affect darkness. If not us, who’s going to go out there and serve? Who’s going to love? Who’s going to be ambassadors? If we receive light and then run off, we miss our chance to influence the darkness.