What Manner of Man   
Sign-In
Become a Member

About Values Parenting
(Parenting-by-Objective)


The Happy Family
 > Four Phase Course
 > Family Rules
 > Family Economy
 > Family Traditions
 > Secret Code
 
Parenting Programs
 > Joy School &
    Kindergarten Ready

 > Alexanders Amazing     Adventures (values)
 > Raising Teenagers
 > Empty Nest
 
Parenting Helps
> Value of the Month
> Family Night Lessons
> How to Talk to Your
  Kids About Sex

> Lifebalance
> ValuesParenting Blog
> Entitlement Trap

Linda & Richard Eyre
> Speaking Schedule
> Eyre's Free Books
> What Manner of Man
> Presentations
     & Philosophy

Contact Us
Other Helps
FAQ
Home


Joy School



Introduction

His Roles: Week 1

His Roles: Week 2

His Roles: Week 3

His Roles: Week 4

His Joy: Week 5

His Joy: Week 6

His Joy: Week 7

His Joy: Week 8

His Strength: Week 9

His Strength: Week 10

His Strength: Week 11

His Strength: Week 12

His Sensitivity: Week 13

His Sensitivity: Week 14

His Sensitivity: Week 15

His Sensitivity: Week 16

His Loyalty: Week 17

His Loyalty: Week 18

His Loyalty: Week 19

His Loyalty: Week 20

His Love: Week 21

His Love: Week 22

His Love: Week 23

His Love: Week 24

His Leadership: Week 25

His Leadership: Week 26

His Leadership: Week 27

His Leadership: Week 28

His Teachings: Week 29

His Teachings: Week 30

His Teachings: Week 31

His Teachings: Week 32

His Light: Week 33

His Light: Week 34

His Light: Week 35

His Light: Week 36

His Priorities: Week 37

His Priorities: Week 38

His Priorities: Week 39

His Priorities: Week 40

His Spirit: Week 41

His Spirit: Week 42

His Spirit: Week 43

His Spirit: Week 44

His Balance: Week 45

His Balance: Week 46

His Balance: Week 47

His Balance: Week 48

Next Year:

By Richard and Linda Eyre

WEEK 46: “IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD”

We often hear the admonition “Be in the world but not of the world,” We assume that it is a warning, that it means we should stay apart – isolate ourselves from evil, buffer ourselves and to stand far aside in from the problems and turmoil of the world.

Perhaps the statement should be viewed instead as two clear admonitions:
1. Be in, be part of, your world so you can help and serve.
2. Be not of the world in terms of its evil and its improper priorities.

Christ “came into the world.” It might be argued that he didn’t have to come, that he could have kept apart in the heavenly realms of righteousness and watched from a safe distance, but he did not. He came upon the world – and he was not only on it, he was in it. He lived in every part of it: the wicked part, the hypocritical part, the pious part.

Some were not comfortable about some of the places he went to. They “warned” him, they urged him to leave. He told them that a physician did not come to cure those who were well. He walked into the scorned publican’s house and later made the man an apostle. He walked through the despised Samaria. He showed by his life his love for all. He told his apostles (then and now) to go into all the world and teach the gospel to every creature (see Mark 16:15).

Christ was in the world: in the peasant’s world, the learned Pharisee’s world, the Roman world, the worlds of all men. Through his comprehension of the principle that “right has more power than wrong,” he was able to move in any circle, always lifting others up: never himself descending or being pulled own. How he must worry today about those who stay aloof from the “unworthy” when they might help to pull them up!

No one has ever been more “in the world” than Christ, for he cared for every person and every thing, even to the point of descending beneath them all. But no one has ever been less “of the world,” for Christ’s desires were never for the things “that moth and rust doth corrupt.”

Christ was so caught up in lifting the world up that it could never pull him down. Could it not be so with us if we followed him, followed his way of being in the world but not of the world?
© Copyright 2014, All rights reserved.