That of being in the world or that of being in Christ.
Now I understand that it is entirely possible to be in both at the same time. Heck don’t most Christians exist in that state if we are honest with ourselves?
The Bible (in numerous places) calls for us as Christians to be Holy – or “set apart”. Likewise John 15:19 says ” 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (NIV)
Clearly we are being told as Christians that whilst we have to survive in and interact with “the world” we are not to consider ourselves to be a part of it. As Christians we have been called to a Holy (a set-apart) calling. We are Christ’s!
But, as I make mention of and ask in another blog, if indeed we are “set apart” where are we to be “set apart” to?
Surely it is to be set apart into Christ and for Christ and in the most practical of applications of this surely this means we are called to be set apart into the body of Christ.
“The body of Christ.” It is an interesting, compelling and challenging phrase is it not?
We know from both the Bible and indeed other non-biblical historical writings – such as those of Herodotus, Joesphus, Suetonius, Thucydides, Tacitus, etc that Christ existed and indeed we know that his body (his physical body) was crucified and then (as we know from the New Testament and indeed personal experiences) rose again and ascended into heaven.
So the “body of Christ” as we refer to it today is not Christ’s physical body but in fact His church. The words of Romans 12:4-5 come to mind here, “4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (NIV)
But what happens when you become convinced that you are unsafe for that body?
What happens, for example, when you learn that the harmful internal dialogue that you deal with on a daily basis may not be remaining as internal as you thought it was?
What happens when you learn that sometimes, perhaps often times, your internal dialogue is spilling out into your external dialogue or simply affecting your external dialogue(s) in a harmful way?
Where does this leave you? Especially when you accept or realize that you have less control of that internal dialogue than you thought you had?
Where does this leave you?
Does this indeed leave you with no place in the world and most tragically with no place in the body?
Or does the very question itself come from that infernal internal dialogue?